Five lifestyle changes that lower heart disease risk

A handful of lifestyle changes like exercise and a healthy diet are key to beating heart disease, experts have said.

Taking more exercise, eating more fruit and vegetables, reducing alcohol intake and slashing the amount of saturated fat in our diet could drastically reduce the rate of deaths caused by the disease.

This healthy living plan could slash the amount of bad cholesterol in the blood – that triggers heart attacks and strokes – by up to a third.

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`We know people often find diets difficult to stick to but this is more of a general lifestyle plan. It is flexible, easy to follow and can have dramatic results,` the Daily Express quoted the organisation`s chief executive Jules Payne as saying.

The first step in the Ultimate Cholesterol Lowering Plan is to cut out unhealthy foods that are high in fat and sugar.

Reducing intake of saturated animal fats to around 20g a day has been shown to cut cholesterol by up to 10 per cent.

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