My doctor told me I had slightly high blood pressure and cholesterol, and offered statins ... I asked for 6 months to see what I could do.

My doctor told me I had slightly high blood pressure and cholesterol, and offered statins. Shocked both at the diagnosis and the proposed treatment, I asked if there was anything I could do to help myself. Losing some weight, plus at least 150 minutes of brisk exercise a week were the suggestions, and I asked for 6 months to see what I could do. The doctor also pointed out the exercise could be in very short bursts – 10 or 20 minutes – which I found very helpful. I’d seen ‘going for a walk’ as something quite long and time consuming, but it’s easy to fit in 20 minutes.

It also made me think hard about what I was eating. I don’t eat meat, and do eat more or less as you recommend, so I didn’t cut anything out – it was more a matter of adjusting the balance. Less fat and sugar. Smaller portions.

All of this worked; I lost weight, and reduced my cholesterol and blood pressure significantly in that 6 months. At the time, I didn’t have the help of your website, but I’ve found it useful since then to keep me on track and dispel a few myths too. I hope my GP surgery will consider participating in the CardioKit scheme.

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