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The Keys to Conquering Cholesterol

Do's and Don'ts for a Healthy Heart


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Think this article needs an update. Always want updated info Report
Good article and great tips! Report
I am thankful my cholesterol numbers have been good but it is now time to again get those numbers checked. Report
I have been very blessed to be able to bring my numbers(quite high) down over the years naturally. Would not go on meds. Tried a little, it came down a little. Kept trying harder till really have changed way I eat as well as exercise and losing weight. Last check was only six over the lowest number and still was told to get on meds. My HDL was 59 and tri was 108. Seriously!!!!? I don't need the side effects or damage somewhere else in my body due to it! Report
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Great ideas to think about Report
interesting article Report
Thanks for useful info! Report
Needs updating..... Report
Great article. Thank you! Report
Couple of things.

1) Responding to a comment below: statins are not evil and they absolutely help people with cardiovascular disease. Low-dose statins minimize side effects but do help lower LDL cholesterol (and slightly raise HDL, the good stuff). Not everyone should be on statins, only those for whom lifestyle changes aren't enough or people who have cardiovascular disease. Those people have a genetic makeup that causes the body to produce an imbalance of LDL to HDL, and statins help control that. There are legitimate medical reasons to take statins. If you go on a statin and your LDL values plummet, it's likely a) the statins help, and b) you'll have to keep taking them. Source: Mayo Clinic

2) Recent research shows genetics, not foods high in cholesterol, are responsible for high cholesterol. Your body makes more cholesterol than you can eat. Cutting cholesterol in your diet won't help lower LDL levels. Trans fats, on the other hand, are bad for you; you should avoid all hydrogenated fats. Source: Cleveland Clinic

3) The article lacks anything about triglycerides. Triglycerides contribute to atherosclerosis and inflammation which, in turn, raises the risk of cardiovascular disease (stroke, heart attack etc.). A normal triglyceride level is 150 or less. When calculating your overall cholesterol number, triglycerides contribute "1" for every "5" - for example, a triglyceride count of 150 counts as 30 cholesterol. Cutting back on simple carbs and processed foods like granulated sugar and white flour will reduce your triglyceride levels. Source: Mayo Clinic

4) One thing I'd like to see mentioned about fat is that you need to eat fats to get enough fat-soluble vitamins like Vitamins A, D, E and K. Your body cannot absorb those vitamins from your food unless there is fat in your diet. Many people on low-fat diets are also low in A and D.

The article may be old, but most of the information in it is still recommended. I would like to see the article updated to current information. Report
Working on it! Report
Days are getting nice and sunny so it means it time for long walks to help lose the weights and tone up my muscles. Report
Article is outdated Report
This article was written in 2005. There is plenty of new and correct info regarding cholesterol available. Whole eggs and bacon are back. Dietary cholesterol is no longer believed to affect cholesterol in the body. Statins are evil and do not help with coronary heart disease. I'm not picking on the RD that wrote it but it IS very old info. Report

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