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
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
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 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.
April 14, 2016 2:46 pm
If your cholesterol has soared over a healthy level for a long time, you may not know what your target LDL level should be as you try to bring your numbers back down. Along with making lifestyle changes that support lower overall cholesterol, you may get the go-ahead from your doctor to being statin therapy. Even with the help from this type of drug that blocks substances your body need to produce cholesterol, you should still pay attention to the number that accompanies your LDL level.
March 17, 2016 8:00 am
Most of the side effects of statin use are things you would recognize yourself—such as headache and muscle pain—but there’s one side effect your friends and family may feel before you do.
March 1, 2016 6:40 pm
If your cholesterol numbers have risen and given you cause to worry about your risk of future heart disease, it’s time to start taking steps toward a healthy future. There are a few natural lifestyle changes you can start practicing, and each of them impacts your diet in some way. Don’t worry, trimming your dinner plate of high cholesterol foods doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice taste.
January 5, 2016 7:00 am
Heart health is an ongoing process that requires life-long commitment and healthy choices. Enlisting the help of statins may have a huge positive impact on your journey to a healthier heart, but you shouldn't consider your work done when you reach your target LDL level.
December 30, 2015 3:46 pm
Clearing out the pantry to eliminate foods that don’t help your heart health doesn’t mean you have to get rid of all your favorites. In fact, a popular breakfast staple is actually one of the best meals for lowering cholesterol. Due to the soluble fibre found in oatmeal, it’s a useful way to reduce LDL cholesterol and prevent cholesterol from finding its way into your bloodstream, according to the Mayo Clinic.
December 23, 2015 4:52 pm
Once you get set on the path to heart disease, it can seem impossible to get back on the road to health. Aside from looking into medical therapies to help ease the contributing factors, there are a few ways to help negate the damage done to your cardiovascular system and reverse heart disease, according to a study cited by the Physician’s Committee for Responsible Medicine.