Now that you know about the health risks that accompany dyslipidemia, what causes your cholesterol to go awry, and the ways that cholesterol and other factors can increase your cardiovascular risk, it’s time to find out just what your risk is. This requires that you see your physician periodically to
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You get regular exercise, eat right, and don’t smoke, and you have no symptoms that suggest heart trouble, so you assume that your risk for a heart attack, stroke, or other cardiovascular event is low. However, regardless of how healthy your lifestyle is, you need to be aware of the
The science of whether some dietary choices are really “brain food” continues to unfold. Given the long time frames of conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, it’s challenging to prove any cause-and-effect relationship between specific foods and brain health. Most such associations are drawn from observational studies, in
Our skin is our body’s largest and fastest-growing organ—it protects us from harmful bacteria, keeps us warm when it’s cold and cool when it’s hot, and allows us to feel the outside world through the nerves that exist beneath it. But sometimes our immune system, which is also meant to
Nutrition scientists often differentiate between “energy-dense” and “nutrient-dense” foods. In terms of nutrition, “energy” equals calories, so foods that are energy-dense contain a lot of calories for the amount of food—sugar, for example, which packs 773 calories per cup. The same amount of a non-energy dense food like chopped carrots,
You know you need calcium to keep your bones strong, but do you know how much calcium you need and how much you’re actually getting from your diet? If you’re not concerned because you take a daily calcium supplement, it may be wise to reconsider your strategy.
The idea that all
You know how important it is to understand your doctor’s explanations of medical conditions, test results, and other information about your health—but when it comes to heart health, the terminology can leave you scratching your head. A cardiologist’s vocabulary is filled with acronyms such as CABG, STEMI, CAD, EKG, and
You’ve read about the risks of dyslipidemia, the underlying contributors to cholesterol abnormalities, and the factors (in addition to cholesterol) that increase your cardiovascular risk. However, the only way to know if your cholesterol is high and whether you have any other cardiovascular risk factors is to get checked periodically
You’ve taken pretty good care of yourself. You eat right, don’t smoke, and stay pretty active. You have no apparent signs of heart trouble, so you figure you’re at pretty low risk for a heart attack, stroke, or other cardiovascular event. Regardless of whether or not you’re doing all the
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