August 17, 2017 2:00 pm
While medication can be taken to lower cholesterol levels, people can sometimes accomplish the same goal by changing their eating habits. According to the Harvard Heart Letter, fiber can help change cholesterol levels by attaching itself to cholesterol and eliminating it from the body before it gets into the bloodstream.1 Plant sterols may also help lower cholesterol by keeping the body from absorbing it. Want to add cholesterol-lowering foods to your diet? Here are five foods that may help lower your LDL, or “bad,” cholesterol. 1. Oats Start your day off right with a morning bowl of oatmeal. Researchers found that oat β-glucan (OBG), a soluble fiber found in oats,... View Article
June 23, 2017 4:08 am
No matter your actual age it’s always a good time to assess your lifestyle habits and get a handle on your health. Making small but important changes to your lifestyle will produce major results overall, and with each day lived practicing this healthy lifestyle, it’s another day towards living longer and avoiding heart disease. The secret is to commit to these changes and practice them every day.
March 13, 2017 3:27 pm
The ever-swirling cholesterol controversy can leave you feeling confused about what to think and do about your cholesterol levels. From total cholesterol to good and bad cholesterol ratios, it’s hard to keep up with the current recommendations. In 2013, the topic was turned on its head yet again with a new set of guidelines from the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association. Instead of only using LDL cholesterol (or bad cholesterol) levels to determine who is at risk for cardiovascular disease, the guidelines encourage looking at risk factors such as age, blood pressure and smoking status.1 They also include the importance of both self-help and medical options... View Article
March 2, 2017 12:27 pm
For a healthy heart, fish is often a better choice than meat. It’s leaner and lower in cholesterol and saturated fats. More importantly, fish is higher in omega-3 fatty acids, a type of “healthy fats”, which are essential to our body as we cannot make them ourselves. This is why adding fish to your diet is a smart choice for your health. Here you will find a few of these finned creatures that you’ll want to make sure are on your grocery list. 7 Best Fish to Eat Based on Level of Omega-3s: Known as oily fish, the following species are especially rich in omega-3s. Mackerel Freshwater Trout Herring Sardines (canned)... View Article
February 2, 2017 11:27 am
This summer, even long-established views on cholesterol were challenged when media outlets reported, despite what we’ve been told for decades: “there’s no link between high cholesterol levels and heart disease".
January 20, 2017 9:58 am
From Atkins to Paleo, there’s no shortage of trendy diets promising health benefits and weight loss. But if you’re looking for one that’s moved beyond being buzzed about to being backed by countless studies, look no further than the Mediterranean diet.
December 28, 2016 2:27 pm
Festive holiday get-togethers can sometimes bring an unwelcome gift – an abundance of opportunities to let your cholesterol go haywire. Here are 10 tips to get through the season’s parties, meals and events while keeping your cholesterol in check.
September 15, 2016 9:00 am
As you learn more about your diet and how important nutrition is to your overall health, you’ll sometimes be surprised about what you discover. Take grapefruit, for example. Most of us love this juicy fruit, especially for breakfast. We love it so much, there’s even a special diet dedicated to it. The Grapefruit Diet. Full of Vitamin C, A, B6, Calcium and Magnesium, grapefruit does wonders for heart health, fighting cholesterol, and preventing cancer. Unfortunately , it will interfere with your statin medication.
September 13, 2016 9:10 am
One avocado a day is enough to effectively lower your cholesterol, according to a recent study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association. The results of this study show that it takes only about a week of eating one avocado a day, in conjunction with a healthy, moderate fat diet, to lower LDL cholesterol levels.
June 7, 2016 7:00 am
If you’ve been using statin drugs to curb your high cholesterol levels, you may think you’re in the clear when that number finally dips into a safe zone. However, this assumption isn’t a good one to make.