Saturated fats. Chances are, nothing good comes to mind when you hear those words. That’s because research has proven again and again that diets high in saturated fats increase LDL (“bad”) cholesterol in blood, which increases the risk of cardiovascular disease. The American Heart Association began recommending in 1961 that
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As you have learned in this report, prostate disease and treatments for prostate disease can cause troublesome symptoms, the most common of which are erectile dysfunction (ED) and urinary incontinence. These symptoms are not only inconvenient and unpleasant but they can also significantly interfere with everyday life and intimate relationships—and
Eating fish regularly is one of the best ways to ensure good heart health, according to the American Heart Association (AHA), which recommends that we consume fish at least twice a week. But before you serve up the seafood, keep in mind that the benefits of eating fish vary depending
When it comes to memory power and concentration, selecting the right “brain food” is essential, and certain foods have been shown to do a good job of protecting memory and cognition. The foods you should avoid are equally as important as the ones you should consume. Although diet is not
You’ve probably heard high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol described as the “good” cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) as the “bad” cholesterol. But when it comes to which type of cholesterol is most important to control, who wins the HDL vs. LDL matchup?
If only it were that simple.
There’s considerable debate in
The number of Americans who smoke has fallen to 14.9 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)—a big drop from 1997, when 25 percent of Americans smoked.
Sadly, however, smoking still kills about half a million Americans annually, and it isn’t just the obvious smoking diseases (like
Coursing through your bloodstream right now are compounds called lipids, which are fats, oils, hormones, and cholesterol. Some are helpful and necessary. Others aren’t. While HDL and LDL cholesterol get most of the attention when it comes to your lipid profile and how it relates to your risk of heart
A heart-healthy diet also should take into account the types of herbs and spices discussed in this chapter: seasoning touches that can also do your body some good. We’ll also take a look at beverages known to help (or hurt) your health.
Basil and thyme: Basil is a good source of
Forget the crash diets: A heart-healthy eating plan is a way of life. It’s about forming new habits instead of following rules until you can finally break them. Nutrition experts are increasingly using the terms “nutrient density” and “nutrient-rich” to describe the foods—fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins—we should be