The end of hot chips?

Well, it’ll never really be the end of hot chips but that said, too many of them just aren’t good for you. Lifestyle intervention is always the beginning of every good management plan, and hyperlipidaemia is a perfect example. What are the best things you can do to keep the fat down?

In comes this review from the American Family Physician, suggesting the following are the most beneficial (mostly Level C evidence):

  • reduce saturated and trans fat intake
  • increase polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fat intake
  • fortifying foods with plant sterols/stanols
  • eating tree nuts (at the expense of other calories)
  • limit the alcohol to 1-2 drinks per day
  • following one of these diets
    • Portfolio
    • Mediterranean
    • low carbohydrate
    • low fat
  • 2 hours of aerobic exercise per week
You still get some benefit from having fatty marine fish and omega-3, just not as much. Remember that diet helps lower the bad fats and exercise raises the good ones, so you need a bit of both for your health plan. 

Worth reading up on – for both your patients and yourself. Read the story over here

By the way, tree nuts refer to almonds, Brazil nuts, cashews, chestnuts, hazelnuts, macadamias, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios, and walnuts. Not peanuts. Just so we’re clear. 

IMAGE: Andrew Dunn

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