Cholesterol affects six in 10 adults in the UK, but despite this, both awareness and knowledge of cholesterol is low – even many health-conscious people, like Davina, mistakenly believe they aren’t at risk.
With no visible symptoms, it’s no wonder the topic is not getting the urgent attention it deserves. Despite being renowned for her dedication to health and fitness, Davina McCall has revealed how she struggled for years with high cholesterol, having first discovered her cholesterol levels were at high level when she was just 28.
Reflecting on her lifestyle and dietary habits at the time, Davina admitted that cheese and processed meats were a regular feature of her weekly diet, along with beef and full fat milk, while exercise was far less of a focus for her then than it is now.
She also discovered family links to high cholesterol, learning for the first time that her father and grandmother both had high cholesterol.