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The Keys to Conquering Cholesterol

Do's and Don'ts for a Healthy Heart

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  • MAY475
    I disagree with Becky when she says to limit salt. We need the iodine that is found in iodized salt...especially if you live in a part of the country where the soil is iodine poor (like me). I tell people it is ok to use salt, but to limit processed foods. Unfortunately the sodium that is added to many processed foods does not contain iodine. Besides the majority of sodium in the typical American diet comes from packaged and processed foods--not the salt you add to your food at home. Also, be careful of "sea salt", which seems to be becoming more and more popular. Not all of these are iodized. Humans need iodine and if we tell people to quit using salt, we may not get the amounts we need to prevent a deficiency. JMM, MS, RD, LN - 10/5/2010 3:29:31 PM
  • DIANNEPB
    There is much proof around now to dispel the myth that eating cholesterol raises the blood cholesterol levels, and also, the myth that cholesterol has anything at all to do with heart disease. I am appalled that you are still peddling this garbage. Please look at all the double blind clinical studies that are around - the evidence is clear. The indicator for heart disease is the ratio between good HDL and LDL, not the levels in any way.
    Far more dangerous are low cholesterol levels which are an indicator for cancers of various types. Sheesh..., this is the last straw. I am now unsubscribing - 10/5/2010 6:52:35 AM
  • Another cause of high cholesterol not mentioned in the article is hypothyroidism. It is one of the most under-diagnosed conditions and yet can cause so much mischief in the body if left untreated. My bloodwork came back last year with slightly elevated cholesterol. I pointed out to my GP that my TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) had gotten higher and maybe this was the reason. Sure enough, after adjusting my thyroid medication, my cholesterol returned to normal. - 10/4/2010 2:46:46 PM
  • BCLEMENT
    Animal protein is (can be) very high quality, and to totally shun it is to ignore good food. Give me a good steak now and then (3-4 times a year) and I'm happy. Despite the preachiness of this and most other articles on cholesterol, one can incoporate red meat into the diet and still be healthy. I get to resenting all the "do this" and "do thats" found in articles like this. If I want a sermon I'll go to church. - 10/4/2010 9:33:44 AM
  • TXDOGLOVER
    To have a better diet (health, low cholesterol levels, ect) try not to eat any animal products. Good for the environment, great for the animals (especially for animal lovers, how can you say you love animals if you contribute to their slaughter in horribly inhumane conditions? You love your dog and cat, but not other animals??) You will be amazed at how your life changes. The PCRM (Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine) is having another 21 day Vegan challenge coming up in a couple of months but you can get lots of good info there if you want to finally make a change. - 10/4/2010 8:57:33 AM
  • DENI_ZEN
    Triglycerides, too, have come under closer scrutiny as a contributor to plaque development with a possible correlation to diabetes. - 10/4/2010 8:06:27 AM
  • It is easy to lower cholesterol. Don't eat any! Your body makes all the cholesterol you need. I stopped eating cholesterol and now my level is 107. Blood Pressure 100 over 68. I eat only complex carbohidrates like brown rice and whole wheat bread. I eat veggies, fruits and many kinds of beans. My milk is almond or soy milk. I eat what I want, when I am hungry and I reached my goal weight.

    - 10/4/2010 5:23:09 AM
  • CALEBATUS
    Each year for over 15, my total cholesterol was high ranging from 225 to most recent 255.
    All the doc's I've seen have told me my LDL/HDL ratio was excellent and made no firm suggestions other than cut back on dairy and take off a few pounds(I am 10 lbs overweight).
    I've done treadmill and while not excellent, not bad enough to sound alarms.
    So I ate lots of cheese. That's it! No red meat, other dairy---until my latest check up with
    a woman cardiologist who said she doesn't believe in ratios. Good thing! As of last week, I now have a stent implanted after an angioplasty showed a 90% blockage.
    It took all these years, all the male cardiologists to finally find a woman who specializes in women's heart disease to finally save me from a far scarier fate. - 9/18/2010 11:34:11 AM
  • i FOUND OUT THAT i HAVE CHOLESTROL PROBLEMS
    - 9/11/2010 8:29:45 AM
  • MARJJELLAA
    my doctor wanted to put me on a cholestorol med. and I said no, my level is 5.7 and said I will lower mine with diet and that's what I'm doing. tracking my fats, sugar's and losing weight. It's not easy but I have enough medications and refuse to take another one. Will see what my level is in 6 mths then reassess the med question is not coming down. - 8/28/2010 10:53:30 AM
  • Found this article quite helpful. - 8/13/2010 7:03:26 AM
  • My husband's doctor put him on a statin several years ago. It lowered his cholesterol pretty drastically, but i wish he weren't tethered to this medicine. - 5/2/2010 7:11:09 AM
  • Huh, I'm rather disappointed with this article. But then, it takes MANY years for the public, let alone doctors, to get with it with recent research.

    This article has a lot of good advice, but its stance on cholesterol is grossly out of date. You're chiming the anti-cholesterol bell that has been going on for a few decades now, yet it hasn't reduced heart disease in America and obesity is on the rise and has been for a long time. All it's done is driven people from wholesome real foods into the arms of manufactured, processed low-fat/cholesterol alternatives that contribute to obesity.

    Elevated cholesterol levels in a person with heart disease does not mean that cholesterol caused the heart disease. That's association, NOT causation. Cholesterol levels can be high for a number of reasons, including the various stresses on the body with an unhealthy lifestyle that contribute to heart disease: smoking, drinking, obesity, being sedentary, processed foods, stress, lack of sleep. Those issues are easier and more affective to address than trying to force down cholesterol down with various methods. Obsession and worry over blood lipid levels is, in itself, unhealthy.

    READ UP on alternative studies, please! There is a whole network of researchers, scientists and DOCTORS who do not believe in the myth that cholesterol and saturated fat cause heart disease: THINCS - The International Network Of Cholesterol Skeptics. www.thincs.org/ Look them up, read. - 10/21/2009 9:54:35 AM
  • DAVIDHOMERE
    Hi, Becky I miss your articles they are very great. I was away for a while I am so sorry. I eat a lot of dry beans and peas mix with bulgar wheat and brown rice. I always Have trouble measuring the salt and oil intake because I cook for 4 people. However I been using the right type of oils that you sugested. By the way you look like a trainer in jym. Thank you much. - 10/20/2009 12:55:39 PM
  • Fishing and fish farming are going to cause the death of our oceans. Eating fish is awful for the environment (except perhaps fish you've caught yourself), not to mention a crap shoot in terms of toxins. I get my omegas from flax seeds and other sources. Some say they are not as "readily absorbed" as the omegas in fish, but I put flax in smoothies, oatmeal, pancakes, cookies...basically everything I make...so I know I definitely get enough. No gross fish or supplements needed.

    Cholesterol, for me, is a simple thing and something that doesn't require a big laundry list of dos and donts. I do not consume any cholesterol. My cholesterol is low. Wow, what a concept. - 10/19/2009 7:17:22 PM

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