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What Is a Normal Cholesterol Level?

What Is a Normal Cholesterol Level?

You already know that keeping your cholesterol in check is important for heart health. High cholesterol is associated with clogged arteries and a greater chance of a heart attack. But you may be wondering: What exactly is a normal cholesterol level, and how do I get there? And you’re probably

5. Make Half Your Grains Whole

Fiber for Your Heart
You can obtain much of the dietary fiber you need by eating grains. Tufts’ MyPlate for Older Adults provides examples of choices that are high in fiber, such as whole and fortified grains and 100% whole-wheat bread. Fiber from grains is known as “cereal fiber,” a term

Making the Move to Healthy Fats

You read and hear a lot about dietary fats these days: Some are “good,” some are “bad,” and there are conflicting recommendations about how much is safe to eat. How do you sort this out when you’re in the grocery store, or it’s time for dinner?
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What Is Cholesterol Ratio?

What Is Cholesterol Ratio?

“Cholesterol Ratio” has emerged as a much more reliable means of evaluating true cardiovascular risk than traditional cholesterol measures. Learn why this is important and how to calculate your own ratio to know if you are at risk.

4. A Closer Look at Key Nutrients

Your Diet Vs. Chronic Disease
It’s estimated that half of all U.S. adults—about 117 million people—suffer from preventable, diet-related chronic diseases. Shifting to healthier eating patterns that contain the nutrients your heart and brain require can help bring about lasting improvements in individual health, according to the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for

Editor’s Note: Statins: Not a License to Slack Off

The management of cholesterol and cardiovascular (CV) risk has dramatically changed since the advent of statin drugs (Lipitor, Crestor, Zocor). In the past, patients had only diet and exercise to lower lipid levels. Now, with widespread use of statins, the “knee-jerk” response to hyperlipidemia (high cholesterol) has been statin use.

Bring Your Cholesterol Numbers Down with Your Diet

Your body needs cholesterol for building cell walls, digesting fat, and controlling certain hormones, but too much of it can raise your risk of heart disease. While you can’t control some high-cholesterol risk factors (for example, heredity and age), you can help manage your cholesterol with a healthy diet.
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