Latest by Lisa Nelson, RD, LN

Top Heart-Healthy Potassium-Rich Foods

Potassium is an essential part of a nutritious, heart-healthy diet. Find the right foods at your grocery store that will add more potassium to your meals.

Top Heart-Healthy Vitamin D Rich Foods

Low vitamin D levels may contribute to risk factors for heart disease. Learn how to get the recommended amount of vitamin D from these heart-healthy foods.

Top Heart-Healthy High Fiber Foods

Fiber is an essential part of a nutritious, heart-healthy diet. Find the right foods at your grocery store that will add more fiber to your meals.

Diabetes and Gut Bacteria: Personalizing Your Diet

Learn how to build a personalized diet for diabetes that can help manage blood sugar levels and promote healthy gut bacteria.

The Connection Between Blood Pressure and Heart Rate

The connection between blood pressure and heart rate is not always clear. Learn about some of the different conditions that affect these measures and what it indicates about heart health.

Why Triglycerides Matter and How to Lower Them

Triglycerides are the most common type of fat in your body. Here’s what you can do to keep them from getting too high.

What is the Difference Between LDL and VLDL?

VLDL and LDL are types of lipoproteins. Lipoproteins are particles made of protein and fat that transport cholesterol and triglycerides through the blood stream. LDL = Low-density lipoproteins VLDL = Very low-density lipoproteins How do lipoproteins ...

Blood Pressure and Water Intake

Dehydration is a potential cause of low blood pressure (hypotension) due to decreased blood volume resulting in decreased pressure against artery walls. However, did you know not drinking enough water can lead to high blood pressure? When you do not ...

Can My HDL Be Too High?

Is it possible to have too much “good” cholesterol? Find out more about the different types of HDL, cholesterol tests, and what they mean.

Can You Eat Whatever You Want While Taking Statins for Cholesterol?

Statins can help prevent and treat heart disease by lowering cholesterol, but they are much more effective when combined with a healthy diet and lifestyle.