Expert advice : Cardiologist
Your specialist: Dr Andrew Wilson
Dr. Andrew Wilson is a Cardiologist with the Department of Medicine, St Vincent's Hospital in Fitzroy, Melbourne. Dr. Wilson is a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Neil Hamilton Fairley Research Fellow with research interests in vascular biology, focused on the role of insulin resistance and obesity on vascular cell function.
|Why is high cholesterol an important issue for Australians?|
|High cholesterol is a very important issue for Australians because it’s a major risk factor for heart disease and it’s a risk factor that we can treat and prevent by choosing a healthy diet and healthy lifestyle.|
|Does what I eat really effect my health?|
||Our diet is a very important determinant of our cholesterol and choosing healthier options with our diet is a very easy way that you can reduce your cholesterol and your risk of heart disease.|
|Is what kids eat at an early age really going to matter for their heart?|
With a young family, healthy food choices and healthy lifestyle choices are very important, reducing risk factors to heart disease start when we are young and continues throughout life. We know that the risk factors to heart disease are important 20 or 30 years before someone may have a heart attack or a stroke.
|Does exercise and diet help with my heart health?|
|Having a healthy diet and regular exercise is a very important and easy way we can reduce our risk of heart disease by reducing our cholesterol and our weight.
|Are all fats bad for me or is there a difference?|
|There are good fats and bad fats. Good fats are found in vegetables and vegetable oils and bad fats are found in animal products and dairy products. We think that eating more good fats and less bad fats is a very important way of reducing our risk of heart disease.
|Do the little things like choosing a healthier spread really make a difference?|
|Choosing a healthy spread is an easy way to reduce the amount of bad fats in our diet and increase the amount of good fats and this is an important way we can reduce our risk of heart disease.
|How much saturated fat is in Butter versus Margarine?|
|Butter has about 50% saturated animal fat and spreads like margarine have up to 65% less saturated fat than butter