You’re doing all the right things to improve your lipid profile. You’ve shed some extra pounds. You’re eating a heart-healthy diet. You’re exercising every day. Nevertheless, your doctor says your cholesterol still isn’t quite where it should be, and your odds of suffering a heart attack or stroke are still
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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
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
“My doctor says my cholesterol is through the roof. I really have to do something about my cholesterol.”
Naturally, the term “cholesterol” has negative connotations. It’s understandable, given cholesterol’s villainous role in the cardiovascular health story.
But just as every good tale needs a villain, and just as most memorable villains have
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
At one time, low-fat diets were believed to be healthy. Now, findings from hundreds of studies have revealed that it’s not the amount of fat; it’s the type of fat that’s most important.
You need an adequate amount of fat—about 45 to 75 grams per day on average—in your diet to help you absorb nutrients, increase your
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
In the 4th century BCE, Greek physician Hippocrates transformed medicine with his holistic understanding of health and disease. Whereas previous generations of healers attributed illness to demons and cures to magic, Hippocrates based treatments on experimentation and rational evaluation of evidence, however limited on both counts. He saw the human
Niacin is one of the easiest and most effective ways to maintain healthy cholesterol levels naturally. Unfortunately, many people stop using it because of some of the common niacin side effects you’ll discover below.