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Travelling with high cholesterol

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Dealing with high cholesterol shouldn’t stop you from taking a holiday, but it may mean you have to make some slight changes to your travel habits. ERGO Medi-Care want to help you get out there, so here are some suggestions to ensure travelling with high cholesterol doesn’t affect your trip.


High Cholesterol – Pre-Existing Medical Conditions

The charity Heart UK has stated that over half of the British adult population have high cholesterol. While having high cholesterol does not itself cause any symptoms, it can increase your risk of some more serious health conditions (we don’t mean to scare you but it is something to be aware of).


What is High Cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a vital fatty substance found in the body, it is made by the liver but it can also be found in some foods. When there is too much cholesterol in the blood, it can build up in the wall of your artery and restrict the blood flow to your heart and the rest of your body. High cholesterol can also lead to higher the risk of a number of serious conditions, including:

  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Narrowing of the arteries

High cholesterol also raises your risk of developing coronary heart disease, and can cause the sudden pains in your chest or arm during period of stress of physical activity known as angina.

There are a range of factors which can increase your risk of suffering from the more serious conditions mentioned above. An unhealthy diet, smoking, having diabetes, or having a family history of stroke or heart disease.


Controlling your High Cholesterol while you’re away

However, on a more positive note, many of these factors can be controlled by everyday lifestyle changes. Often these can be overlooked when you are on holiday, so here are a few simple ideas to help you know what things you can do to help keep lowering your cholesterol whilst you’re away:

  • Healthy diet – avoiding fatty foods is a key part of lowering your cholesterol. Whilst on holiday it can be easy to unwind and eat unhealthily, especially when you have access to a hotel buffet! Try swapping sausages, bacon and eggs at breakfast for a more continental breakfast of fresh fruit or wholegrain cereals.
  • Exercise –being on holiday should be relaxing, but that doesn’t mean you need to completely stop exercising in order to feel rested. Try taking a gentle daily walk or if you access to a pool or the sea, a daily swim will also do wonders in helping you to lower your cholesterol and it will help you to get the most out of your holiday.

Travel Insurance for High Cholesterol

For many people with the condition it can be hard to find travel insurance and many insurers significantly raise premiums for travellers with high cholesterol. ERGO Medi-Care was created to give those with existing medical conditions the ability to get travel insurance that allows you to continue travelling.


Medical Screening with High Cholesterol

Your travel insurer needs to fully understand your medical conditions related to your high cholesterol before providing you with a travel insurance policy. ERV’s Medi-Care offers a thorough online screening process that lets you complete the process at your own pace. Alternatively, you can talk with one of our team who can guide you through completing the screening process over the phone.

Every individual will have their own requirements, here are some examples to give you an indication of the types of questions you could be asked so you can prepare for the screening if you suffer from high cholesterol:

  • Has a blood test ever at any time shown your cholesterol level to be raised?
  • Have you been advised to take medication for high blood pressure?
  • Have you ever been a smoker?

For more tips on the best ways to make your trip a success when travelling with high cholesterol, look at our page or check out the Heart UK, NHS or British Heart Foundation websites for more information on how to lower your high cholesterol.

If you are struggling to find travel insurance, then please feel free to take a look at our insurance products on offer to you, or call us on 01403 788510 and we’ll be happy to discuss your requirements.


Helen Elizabeth

Helen Elizabeth

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