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Dietary changes can result in lower cholesterol levels. By making dietary changes to promote lower cholesterol levels you'll be able to work with your doctor to gradually wean off medication and eliminate negative medication side effects. And the diet changes don't have to be hard!
Here are three examples of simple diet shifts that will promote a lower cholesterol.
Diet Shift #1 - Replace eggs & bacon with oatmeal & fruit.
If your standard breakfast consists of cholesterol laden fried eggs and a side of fat (okay, bacon) swap this out for a bowl of oatmeal topped with fresh berries and ground flaxseed. The whole grain oatmeal will promote lower cholesterol levels , blood sugar control, and help you feel full longer. Antioxidant rich berries will help reduce the oxidation of LDL cholesterol that leads to plaque build up , while flaxseed is a rich source of heart healthy omega 3 fatty acids.
Diet Shift #2 - Exchange your snack crackers for a serving of nuts.
If you tend to grab sn...
The news about AGEs isn’t all bad. We are not helpless against increasing levels of advanced glycation end products (AGEs) in our blood.
My recent blog entry here reviews Joe Anderson’s site that recommends a daunting diet of low-AGE foods. In my “Diabetes Update” newsletter I earlier reviewed Dr. Helen Vlassara’s research that found foods cooked at high temperatures dramatically increased the production of AGEs and that they produce inflammation-causing proteins.
Changing how we cook is clearly the first strategy to minimize AGEs in our bodies. This means cutting back, if not eliminating, fried, barbecued, broiled, or baked foods. But there is more that we can do.
The influential professional journal Diabetes Care has just published its first review about diabetes and AGEs. The lead author, Dr. Amy Huebschmann of University of Colorado Denver and Health Sciences Center, kindly sent me a PDF of the review a couple of days before official publication. An extract of the article is
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