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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Much of What Passes for High Cholesterol Is Harmless

cholesterol tests don’t really mean much. You need to pay more attention to the fraction patterns than your total cholesterol numbers. An unhealthy cholesterol reading isn't "high cholesterol" but one that contains a dominant pattern of dense, small cholesterol particles, which are the most highly

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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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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 Health Benefits of Eating Garlic

…nutrients, it's useful for a host of ailments, including enhancing blood thinning (to prevent blood clots), lowering blood pressure levels and reducing cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Research on the Benefits of Eating Garlic Clinical research has determined that the benefits of eating garlic include inhibiting…

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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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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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Beware of Elevated Lp(a) Cholesterol Levels

For years, I have been advising you 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 formation of clots…

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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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Should You Worry About Your LDL Cholesterol Level?

High LDL cholesterol levels are thought to be a serious heart risk factor, but up to a certain level, LDL is really a good guy. This fatty substance produced in the liver performs absolutely essential functions in the body, as it’s a major part of the membranes surrounding cells and the structures…

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Foods High in Saturated Fat Aren’t the Enemy

…that foods high in saturated fat are bad. But the fact is saturated fats are the good guys. They help to raise beneficial HDL cholesterol, improving your triglyceride/HDL ratio—a key marker of cardiovascular health. Foods high in saturated fat also help to change your LDL cholesterol pattern, from…

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