High Cholesterol

Is Red Meat Safe?

…that the fat and cholesterol in red meat isn’t what makes red meat a cardiovascular risk—but rather it’s the L-carnitine in red meat that’s troublesome. Dr. Sinatra's Thoughts on the Red Meat Study First off, I’ve been saying the same thing for years—that the cholesterol and fat in red meat…

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What is Lp(a) Cholesterol?

cholesterol levels having heart attacks not to believe that something is amiss. But before we discuss ways to lower or prevent high Lp(a) cholesterol levels, you must first know what you are up against. What is Lipoprotein (a)? Lp(a) is small, dense, highly inflammatory sub-fraction of a cholesterol

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Why “Good” HDL Cholesterol Isn’t Always Good

…you have a family history of heart disease at a young age, or have high cholesterol with confusing results, I urge you to ask your doctor to go beyond a standard lipid panel—and conduct specific testing to dissect your HDL cholesterol. Ask your physician to order the VAP test or the LPP test from Spectracell…

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A Delicious Heart-Healthy Breakfast—Overnight Oatmeal

…this gift so much that I wanted to share it with you. Our gift givers knew we’d enjoy oatmeal because it's so high in soluble fiber, which contributes to a healthier GI tract. Its high concentration of both soluble and insoluble fiber also helps oatmeal to fall much lower on the glycemic index than…

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High HDL Levels Reduce Risk of Alzheimer's Disease

…. For years, we’ve understood that having high blood levels of “good cholesterol”—HDL or high density lipoprotein cholesterol—lowers your risk of developing heart disease. Now, a December 2010 research publication entitled “Good” Cholesterol May Lower Alzheimer’s Risk” reports that…

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A High Antioxidant Diet Lowers Heart Attack Risk

In this day and age of grabbing quick, highly-processed foods here’s a study we all need to note. Researchers have found that women who eat a high-antioxidant diet have a significantly lower risk of having a heart attack. For this study, which was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association…

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The Great Cholesterol Myth

high levels of total cholesterol and heart disease has NEVER been proven. It’s a diagnosis conjured up to serve drug companies who want to sell cholesterol-lowering statin drugs. * Cholesterol levels are a poor predictor of heart attacks. Only about 50% of heart attack victims have high cholesterol

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When a Healthy Cholesterol Level Can Go Wrong

…memory in the brain. Cholesterol moves through the body with the help of two proteins: LDL, or low-density lipoprotein, and HDL, or high-density lipoprotein. LDL carries ready-to-use cholesterol molecules that can be absorbed by cells that need it, and HDL picks up excess cholesterol and carries it back…

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Cholesterol Testing and Children: Should Children Take Statin Drugs?

…government panel recommended cholesterol testing for children. Specifically, they stated that all children in the U.S. get screened for high cholesterol by age nine, and younger if they have a family history of heart disease. A debate erupted with critics who felt that this cholesterol testing movement was pushed…

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The Cholesterol Numbers Doctors Should Measure

…statin drugs to bring down the “bad” LDL cholesterol numbers and to help raise the “good” HDL cholesterol numbers. Know What Your Cholesterol Numbers Mean The problem is that your “good” HDL cholesterol can be high, and your bad “LDL” cholesterol low—but both are harming your heart. The…

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With Cholesterol, Focus on the Right Numbers

…to boost HDL cholesterol, plus it contains resveratrol, a phytonutrient with cardio-protective benefits. * Diet is crucial. As always, the food you eat plays a big role in your heart—and overall—health. To avoid dips in your HDL levels, avoid processed foods, as well as those high in sugar and trans…

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The Most Important Cholesterol Ratio to Watch

…/dl, your HDL cholesterol should be 50 mg/dl. Anything under 3:5 is considered a good ratio, but I don’t like to see a blood lipids ratio that’s over 5:1. (Learn more about this ratio in my book, The Great Cholesterol Myth.) If Your Ratio of Triglycerides to HDL Cholesterol is High, How Can You Lower…

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Beware of Elevated Lp(a) Cholesterol Levels

For years, I have been advising my patients and readers to monitor a dangerous, small, dense, highly inflammatory cholesterol particle known as Lipoprotein A, or Lp(a). An elevated Lp(a) cholesterol level in the bloodstream increases the “stickiness” of blood, and contributes dramatically to the…

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Lipoprotein(a) Cholesterol Guidelines

…Lipoprotein(a) Cholesterol Guidelines In this particular case, Dr. Sinatra and I would like to reassure her not to worry about this finding. * First of all, her daughter’s Lp(a) is only elevated two points (or 20 percent above the limit). * Secondly, her high HDL “good” cholesterol levels of 74…

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Reducing High Blood Pressure Naturally With Asparagus

high blood pressure naturally. Asparagus also helps maintain a healthy blood pressure by supporting healthy cholesterol levels. But the health benefits of this dish don’t end there. Olive oil is rich in squalene, which supports your immune system. Plus, it contains other antioxidants that support cholesterol

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