Cholesterol, Diet, Heart, Uncategorised

Does it really matter what I eat?

sliced fruits on tray
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Could it have an impact on my health?

Why should I be aware of my cholesterol level?

I can see you thinking how does this link to Fibromyalgia?

Or even, why should I be interested; I’m not changing what I eat. I don’t want to eat a boring diet for the rest of my life. Living with pain I need some treats.

Well, maybe that isn’t necessarily what you would have to do.

What could happen if I ignore it and just carry on eating what I like anyway?

“I was shocked when we found that my carer has high cholesterol. Looks can be deceptive as this news reveals.

I thought they were super healthy, not visibly overweight; they exercise and visit the gym regularly. 

Perhaps more surprising, they rarely go out to restaurants or visit fast food outlets. Preferring to eat a modest meal at home.”

What is cholesterol?

It’s a fatty substance in the blood, produced by certain foods which can cause arteries to be blocked.

Why is high cholesterol a serious health concern?

If you have high cholesterol levels, your chances of suffering a heart attack or cardiovascular disease are much greater.

What can be done to lower it?

Changing your diet to a healthy balanced one, stopping smoking and regularly getting exercise.

My carer went for a free NHS Health Check which is available to UK citizens between 40 – 74. 

It checks if you would be likely to develop heart disease, kidney disease, dementia, type 2 diabetes or a stroke.

Imagine how you would feel if someone you cared about was diagnosed with high cholesterol.

If you think your cholesterol could be high, your doctor or health professional can arrange a blood test to check these levels.

They will be able to discuss a plan to help you lower it, if it is high.

Since my carer’s diagnosis; they have made changes to the diet they eat. This has helped a lot to not only reduce cholesterol to a healthy level and also lose weight.

Blog, Poetry, Time, Writing

The Passing of Time

black and white photo of clocks

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When I saw this photo it gave me a flash of inspiration. A mass of clocks all ticking at the same time. I think, as you grow older time seems to fly by; you sometimes find yourself wondering where the time goes…

 

The Passing of Time

 

Tick, tock, tick, tock

Faster and faster

Time flies by

In days

Then months

Into years….

*****

My head’s spinning

Where are we going?

Falling, further

And further…

 *****

It’s another new day

A baby cries

Longing for its milk

Placated by it’s bottle

 

Morning chorus singing

As a child murmurs

Teddy dangling from its hand

Questioning, all the time

 

Noonday sun shines bright

A school child plays

Dreaming of home time

But has no answers

 

In the heat of the afternoon

A teenager fashionista

Self consciously

Struggles to understand

 

In the fading sun

An adult works hard

Earning a daily living

Hoping to achieve

 

Darkness surrounds us now

As an old person reads

Looking for inspiration

What is it all for?

 *****

The tick, tock, tick, tock

Is it even faster and faster still….

Sadly, time

Slows for no one.

Poem by Nick