Are you finding it difficult to stay on top of your cholesterol-lowering diet? Losing the motivation to do your daily jog? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you might benefit from having a buddyto keep you on track.
Studies have shown that social support networks -- whether it's a group of people with similar goal, family, or a friend -- are more helpful in meeting healthy goals than going at it alone. This includes losing weight, exercising, and lowering cholesterol. By buddying up to fight high cholesterol can keep you from slipping on your healthy commitments -- such as doctor's appointments, taking your medications, or daily exercise -- or fudging on your cholesterol-lowering diet.
Here are some other ways to keep your cholesterol on track:
- How to Lower Your Cholesterol on a Busy Schedule
- Exercise: How to Keep on Track
- Eating Healthy When You're on the Go
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Thanksgiving Day -- as well as the feast that accompanied it -- is long gone, but those turkey leftovers are not. Luckily, there are many ways you can include turkey leftovers into your heart-healthy diet without significantly increasing your lipid levels -- and without your meals becoming very boring. This article will give you a few delicious and creative ideas to help you create low-fat turkey dishes.
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You've bought the turkey, invited family and friends - now all that's left to do is to make the sides. Everyone has one or two side dishes that accompany the Thanksgiving Day turkey. Although many of these sides are tried-and-true favorites, some of these dishes may be off-limits if you are following a cholesterol-lowering diet. Luckily, there are many ways to lower the amount of saturated fat and cholesterol introduced into some of these dishes - making them more heart-healthy and delicious. These helpful tips will show you how to make healthier sides when preparing your meal for the Thanksgiving holiday.
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Although it may seem that having high cholesterol would place a lot of foods off-limits on Thanksgiving, there are ways you can enjoy those delicious foods and still keep your cholesterol levels in check. If you're partaking in the Thanksgiving festivities today -- whether it's at your place, at a restaurant, or at a family member's home -- these heart-healthy tips will enable you to eat your favorite dishes without giving your cholesterol levels (and waistline) a huge boost.
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Planning the meal for Thanksgiving day can be a little nerve-wrecking -- especially if you or one of your loved ones is having to follow a cholesterol-lowering diet during one of the times of the year where it seems that the concept of healthy eating goes out the window. Luckily, following a diet to keep your cholesterol levels healthy doesn't mean that you have to restrict your Thanksgiving Day favorites. This sample meal plan will give you some ideas on healthy -- and delicious -- foods to prepare if you are trying to watch the amount of fat and cholesterol added to your Thanksgiving day meal.
Today, the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American College of Cardiology (ACC) jointly released a new set of guidelines regarding the management of cholesterol - particularly regarding when someone should be placed on medication.
One interesting note to make is that these guidelines appear to stress more about risk factors for heart disease - instead of just hitting pre-set cholesterol numbers. Therefore, if you have risk factors for heart disease such as diabetes, have had a previous heart attack or stroke, have LDL cholesterol levels greater than 190 mg/dL or have a 10-year risk for developing heart disease that equals 7.5% or greater according the AHA risk calculator, you may be a candidate for statin therapy. Those without risk factors taking a statin just to lower their slightly high cholesterol levels many not be candidates for treatment under these guidelines.
If you are wondering how these guidelines may affect the treatment of your cholesterol, talk to your doctor. In the meantime, you can find these guidelines - as well their newly-released guidelines for lifestyle management and heart disease risk - on the AHA website.
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With the opening of more restaurants and availability of good recipes, Indian cuisine has become a go-to food when you are looking for ideas for delicious and healthy meals. Not only is Indian food chock-full of whole grains and vegetables, it also includes a variety of spices - some of which have been shown to help lower cholesterol levels in some studies. Unfortunately, Indian cuisine also includes some foods that could be a source of added fat to your diet if you are watching your cholesterol and fat intake. This article will show you which foods to enjoy - as well as the pitfalls to avoid - when including Indian-inspired foods in your cholesterol-lowering diet.
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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a notice stating that they are investigating the use of trans fats -- particularly those found in partially hydrogenated oils -- in commercially-prepared foods, labeling them as "generally not recognized as safe". Partially hydrogenated oils are a major contributor of trans fats to the diet. For many years, partially hydrogenated oils have been used by the food industry in various food products -- such as pastries, shortening, and chips -- to extend shelf-life and improve the texture of these foods. However, studies have also suggested that the trans fats found in partially hydrogenated oils can also elevate LDL and reduce HDL cholesterol levels, both of which are risk factors for heart disease.
At this point, the FDA is gathering comments from the scientific community in order to determine additional studies examining the consumption of trans fats. Additionally, they are reaching out to food manufactures to determine how long it would take to reformulate foods containing partially hydrogenated oils, as well as the cost in doing so. Although many cities have taken steps in reducing access to trans fats in foods sold to consumers, this action taken by the FDA is a very positive step in ensuring a healthier food supply -- and reducing the incidence of heart disease.
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Adding fiber to your diet not only introduces healthier foods to your everyday meals -- it can also improve your overall health. One aspect of your health that some types of fiber appear to affect is your heart health. Studies have shown that soluble fiber can improve certain aspects of your lipid profile. Although adding foods high in fiber is the best way to fulfill your daily requirements, you might still be tempted to add a fiber supplement to your cholesterol-lowering regimen -- especially if you aren't able to get it from the food you eat. Unfortunately, not all fiber supplements can help lower your cholesterol. This article will show you which fiber supplements appear to lower your cholesterol -- and which ones may not be effective.
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You could have the perfect figure and look ten years younger than your true age. But despite looking healthy, you could still have high cholesterol. You usually don't feel anything when you have high cholesterol, so unfortunately, it's easy to ignore. In fact, some people only find out that they have high cholesterol by accident on a routine checkup. Getting your cholesterol checked is easy - but it is also very important. It can help prevent heart disease and could even save your life. Knowing what places you at risk for having high cholesterol is an important part of managing your heart health.