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Metabolically Borderline: What It Means and What You Should Do

When your blood work straddles the line between normal and elevated for cholesterol, blood sugar, or blood pressure, you may be diagnosed as metabolically borderline. Here’s what it means and how you can lower your numbers.

Prediabetes. The lab value hemoglobin A1c is a cumulative average of your blood sugar over

Saturated Fat & Trans Fat: Limit Them For Healthy Cholesterol Levels

Saturated Fat & Trans Fat: Limit Them For Healthy Cholesterol Levels

Fats were once considered the bane of healthful diets. To stay healthy or lose weight, you needed to follow a low-fat eating plan. Indeed, saturated fat and trans fat have remained dietary pariahs, primarily because of their negative effects on cholesterol.

But, there’s no need to be completely fat-phobic. Not all

7. A Holistic Approach to Heart Health

It’s not just your eating pattern and your physical activity that affect how well your heart and blood vessels function. Other aspects of your lifestyle appear to intersect with your diet and activity level on the path to better cardiovascular health. Your sleep, for instance, can affect your quality of

3. Key Components of Healthy Dietary Patterns

The Healthy U.S.-Style Eating Pattern. The Healthy Mediterranean-Style Eating Pattern. The Healthy Vegetarian Eating Pattern. The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet.
These dietary plans might have different names, but they share many common traits—namely, they emphasize consumption of a variety of foods from plants, lean protein sources (from plants

2. The Building Blocks of a Heart-Healthy Diet

Your heart, brain, blood vessels, and the rest of your body rely on a healthy diet as fuel for functioning, and if you’re eating too much of the wrong foods and not enough of the nutritious ones you need, you (and your cardiovascular system) may suffer.
According to the 2015-2020 Dietary

1. The Heart of the Matter

To fully appreciate the importance of following a heart-healthy lifestyle, it’s helpful to understand the impact that cardiovascular disease (a term that refers to conditions that affect the heart and blood vessels) has on the population of the United States. Consider these 2018 statistics from the American Heart Association (AHA):

Cardiovascular

Fiber Helps Reduce Risk of Cancer and Heart Diseases

Increasing dietary fiber consumption and reducing consumption of refined grains provides numerous health benefits. In an analysis of 185 existing studies and 58 clinical trials involving 4,635 participants published in The Lancet, Jan. 10, 2019, researchers determined that those people who consumed the most amounts of natural fiber in their

Say Goodbye to Unhealthy Cold Cuts

The link between processed meat—which includes cold cuts—and cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and obesity is well known today. Researchers have been proving these connections for more than two decades. Much of the blame can be assigned to preservatives. Processed meats are altered to extend their shelf life by either salting,

Seeds: Small in Size, Big in Nutrition

It’s easy to overlook seeds when you’re planning healthy meals, but they provide a big bang for your nutrition buck. Many varieties of seeds contain alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), a type of omega-3 fatty acid. Research has shown that ALA can help protect blood vessels from inflammatory damage and lower the

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