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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.
The debate on whether the calories that
people with or without diabetes drink help to make us feel full isn't
over. But the evidence that they don't is mounting. My preliminary article, " Drinking Calories," appeared here last September. At that time I reported on the finding of obesity researcher Barbara Rolls.
“Calorie intake increased significantly when people drank a beverage
containing 150 calories with lunch, compared to when they had a
calorie-free beverage.” Now
researchers are learning even more about how the calories that we drink
don't promote satiety. Even the country's top nutrition expert, Walter
C. Willett, M.D., of the Harvard School of Public Health, is on board.
MEDLINE credits him for more than 1,000 professional articles. But his
work that really impressed me was his non-technical book, Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy (Simon & Schuster, 2001). "There does seem
to be something about drinking calories in the form of sodas that just
doesn't generate the st...
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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