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For Weight Loss, Eat More Fat?

…mass than the low-fat group. The converse was also true—with low-fat eaters losing more lean muscle mass than fat. The low-carb diet group also experienced significant improvements in both their triglycerides and inflammation levels—and had a measurable increase in their “good” HDL cholesterol…

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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…

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The 10 Most Common Heart Health Fallacies

…the French experience a relatively low level of heart disease. But the French also have the highest incidence of cirrhosis of the liver in the world. So again, moderation is the name of the game. Keep it to one glass of wine, three or four times a week. 2. Seeing "low-calorie" on a food label means it’s…

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Diabetes and Heart Disease

…if you are overweight, you have a higher propensity for developing insulin resistance. Many with insulin resistance also have high blood pressure, low HDL cholesterol levels and high triglycerides, the typical metabolic trio of insulin resistance. So, if you are overweight or have insulin resistance,…

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New Life-Saving Cholesterol Testing

…about cholesterol guidelines. It’s common to hear generalizations such as “LDL is bad cholesterol, and HDL is good cholesterol.” But in reality, both LDL (low-density lipoprotein) and HDL (high-density lipoprotein) are far more complex. There are multiple subtypes of both, and some of those subtypes…

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5 Food Label Traps and How to Avoid Them

Many of us have been fooled into believing that if a food item is low in calories and fat, it’s healthy. But there are actually a lot of other things you want to watch out for when food shopping. Reading food labels will pay off by helping to avoid what I call food label traps. Food-Label Trap #1.…

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Foods High in Saturated Fat Aren’t the Enemy

…told 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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When a Healthy Cholesterol Level Can Go Wrong

…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 to the liver for recycling…

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Is Niacin Effective and Safe? Here’s My Take

…or a pins and needles sensation. In fact, most people can’t tolerate doses over 500 mg of short-acting niacin. * For those with high Lp(a) and low HDL cholesterol, I’ve had good success with short-acting niacin. My recommendation is that you start with 250 mg of short-acting niacin three times daily…

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When and How to Find a Natural Heart Doctor

…definitely see a cardiologist. You want to discuss your family history and request screenings for the following risk factors that tend to run in families: low HDL cholesterol, high Lp(a) cholesterol, serum ferritin, homocysteine, and fibrinogen. * If you have heart symptoms, such as chest pain, syncope (unexplained…

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Improper Grilling Can Be Hazardous to Your Health

…delicious protection from the potentially harmful side effects of grilling, but you get the heart-health benefits of omega-3s, including increased HDL cholesterol and LDL cholesterol levels, improved blood circulation, and reduced risk for heart attack and stroke. So eat up and enjoy how delicious healthy…

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On the Menu: Mediterranean Chicken

…try my Mediterranean Chicken recipe. It features black olives which are a good source of heart-healthy monosaturated fats that help to increase good HDL cholesterol, along with garlic, roasted peppers, and more. Mediterranean Chicken (Makes 2 servings) Ingredients: 8 oz. organic or free range chicken…

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What Causes Coronary Artery Disease?

…Paul Ridker, who led the Women’s Health Study, approximately 25 percent of the US population has elevated C-reactive protein levels, but normal to low HDL and LDL cholesterol levels. This means that millions of Americans may be unaware that they are at increased risk for future cardiovascular problems…

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4 Secrets for Preventing Diabetes & Controlling It

…HbA1C is above 5.9 it’s an early warning sign that you could soon develop diabetes. Another red flag that you could soon develop diabetes is if your HDL “good” cholesterol numbers are down and your triglyceride levels are elevated. Even if you’re in the “diabetes warning zone” you can knock…

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Is Taking Multivitamins Safe?

…carotenoids and retinyl palmitate, instead of beta carotene, which is a precursor of vitamin A. The reason is that some people, especially those with low thyroid or alcoholism, can’t convert beta carotene into vitamin A. In smokers, beta carotene is converted into a carcinogen. If you take beta carotene…

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The Side Effects of Statin Drugs

…polyneuropathy; and total global amnesia, which means forgetting where and who you are for a few minutes to several hours. (If LDL cholesterol levels get too low, they can interfere with neurotransmitter mechanisms in the brain.) One of the many problems with statin medications is that they interfere with the…

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Why Statins Are Dangerous

…was able to lower my LDL by 41 points and raise my HDL by 23 points. Thanks to the information on your site, I knew that significant weight loss (in my case over 70 pounds) can temporarily raise LDL levels. He did not know that. "In spite of his low cholesterol levels, my dad developed dementia that…

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