Scots singer Lulu given 'frightening diagnosis' by GP which prompted her to make huge life change

Lulu has admitted her disappointment for Glasgow's loss
Scots singer Lulu -Credit:Getty Images

Scots singer Lulu is set to appear on tonight's episode of Michael McIntyre's The Wheel tonight.

The show gives contestants the chance to win an amazing cash prize by taking on The Wheel but the difference is that there are celebrity experts helping answer the questions.

And tonight it's Shout singer Lulu, who is originally from Scotland.

The 75-year-old looks the picture of health, however, she has previously opened up about getting frightening diagnosis from her doctor which prompted her to make drastic lifestyle changes.

Her Glasgow-born mother passed away to stomach cancer at the age of 68 and her heartbreaking loss made her become conscious of her own health.

Sadly, Lulu's father Eddie passed away from high cholesterol, which led her to monitor her own where she made a shocking discovery.

She previously told The Daily Star: “My GP told me that I had raised cholesterol. That really frightened me, as it's one of the biggest risk factors for coronary heart disease.

The diagnosis caused her to reflect on her father's death, and she said: "My father's death - at the age of 71 - was terrible. I loved him dearly. He had worked in the meat market in Glasgow for years and was a great singer.

"Unfortunately, he didn't really take care of his body and he'd had plenty of health warnings that he ignored.

"So even though I've always tried to look after myself, when I discovered that I had raised cholesterol, memories of my dad's illness spurred me on and I made sure that I did something about it."

After learning of her diagnosis, Lulu made significant changes to her diet in an effort to lower her cholesterol. The Shout singer binned the ice-cream from her freezer and stopped putting butter on sandwiches in a bid to make health conscious choices.

She also admitted to starting the day with a cup of hot water and lemon, a coffee, porridge, muesli and yoghurt with her understanding how important the first meal of the day can be.

The NHS suggest eating foods that are high in unsaturated fats in small amounts to lower cholesterol. These foods include: oily fish, nuts, seeds, avocados and vegetable oils and spreads.

The singer admits to eating all of these foods, as well as reportedly drinking "loads of water". She said: "If I had to rate my health on a scale of one to 10, I'd give myself a nine. I've always taken care to exercise and to eat a good diet. I eat organic food, because there are so many chemicals in non-organic produce."

A few years back, Lulu fought against pneumonia - an infection that inflames the air sacs in one or both lungs. These air sacs tend to fill with fluid or pus, causing a severe cough.

When speaking to the Daily Mail, Lulu called the condition her "worst illness" with her initially not realising how serious it was. She said: "I thought it was just a bit of a cough, and toured with it — then when I got back to London, the doctor said I should have been thrown into hospital."

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