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If you've been diagnosed with high cholesterol, you may be worried about reducing your intake of high cholesterol foods. Studies suggest, however, that the cholesterol in our food has little effect on blood cholesterol levels.
The cholesterol in your blood comes mostly from the liver, and is effected by your saturated and trans fat intake, rather than your intake of cholesterol containing foods.
Government guidelines do, however, state that you should limit your average cholesterol intake to less than 300 milligrams per day. But, if you have been diagnosed with heart disease, this should be reduced further to an intake of less than 200 milligrams per day.
And, although this is the care, you should be most concerned about replacing the saturated and trans fat sources in your diet, with healthier monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, to help protect your heart health, rather than worry too much about the cholesterol sources in your diet.
It’s clear that we eat too much salt….and sugar…and the wrong fats ….and food in general. Refined sugars (carbohydrates) in particular, have been linked to a variety of health issues including obesity and diabetes. Hypertension, on the other hand, has consistently been linked to excess salt consumption. So it comes as a bit of a surprise to see new research that links sugar to hypertension.
American scientists recently reviewed a study of 8670 French adults which seemed to find no link between hypertension and salt intake . The study's researchers postulate that instead, consistently high sugar levels cause your heart to beat faster and in turn, cause your blood pressure to rise. A research team, led by Dr. James DiNicolantonio, a heart disease specialist at St. Luke’s Mid America Heart Institute in Kansas City, believes the French study is on to something. Sugar may indeed be a significant risk factor for...
When I was first diagnosed with high cholesterol, it came as a real surprise. Having grown up eating mostly a Mediterranean diet and having been an athlete for most of my life, I was taken aback that my cholesterol level was 280. While my doctor immediately prescribed statins to bring down the levels quickly, he did emphasize that I pay more attention to my eating habits and to combine regular exercise, especially as I entered my forties.
I was prescribed 10 mg of Lipitor daily and scheduled for another blood screen the following month. My goal was to have my cholesterol under 200 by that time, meaning that I would have to cut at least 80 points off it in less than 30 days. From research that I had done I knew that Lipitor can help lower overall cholesterol by approximately 30 percentage points, which would have been enough to get me right under the 200 mark. But I decided that I wanted to try out a little experiment to see if I could do even better.
Adding the exercise ...
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