Tag: good cholesterol

Cut the Saturated Fats

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

Ask the Experts: Exploring the Benefits of Maca Root and DHEA

Q: Are there any benefits to taking maca root?

A: Maca is a plant that is a relative of the cruciferous family, and is native to South America. Its root has been consumed for centuries to boost endurance and energy, enhance fertility, and as an aphrodisiac. Traditionally, the root has been

Sedentary Lifestyle? Get Moving to Avoid “Sitting Disease” Health Woes

Sedentary Lifestyle? Get Moving to Avoid “Sitting Disease” Health Woes

The dangers associated with a sedentary lifestyle are many. By staying stationary, you’re setting yourself up for cardiovascular disease and the conditions that contribute to it, such as type 2 diabetes, obesity, and hypertension. You allow your muscles to atrophy and your bone health to deteriorate, among other health problems.

In

How Do You Get Diabetes?

How Do You Get Diabetes?

The worldwide prevalence of diabetes is reaching epidemic proportions, recent data suggests. So, the critical question for everyone is: How do you get diabetes? A number of underlying factors are to blame for the global upswing in diabetes cases.

To avoid becoming part of the statistics, it’s vital to understand what

Brain Food: What to Eat to Protect Your Memory

Brain Food: What to Eat to Protect Your Memory

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

5. Change Your Lifestyle and Lower Your Risks

This medication will lower your LDL cholesterol. That drug may reduce your risk of heart attacks. Another one will reduce your triglycerides.
Whatever medications you see advertised on air or in print, they all have one thing in common: They should augment the lifestyle changes you’ll need to make to manage

HDL vs. LDL: Which Is the More Important Cholesterol Number?

HDL vs. LDL: Which Is the More Important Cholesterol Number?

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

How to Prevent Smoking Diseases—and Add Years to Your Life

How to Prevent Smoking Diseases—and Add Years to Your Life

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

What’s Considered a “Normal” Triglyceride Level?

What’s Considered a “Normal” Triglyceride Level?

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

3. Fruits and Vegetables

Moderation in all things, the proverb advises—except fruits and vegetables. You’d be hard-pressed to find a nutritionist who speaks ill of plant foods. They are the bedrock of a heart-healthy diet, whatever its form. And the more the better, with few exceptions. If you want to live a longer, healthier

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