Good Work, Americans!

Researchers at the National Center for Health Statistics found adult Americans have improved their average levels of LDL and non-HDL cholesterol (harmful), along with triglycerides, over the past 20+ years. They also increased the average level of HDL cholesterol (beneficial). A combination of better diet and better medicine may help explain these positive changes. Because…

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Diet that Lowers Cholesterol as Good as Medication

Diet is an important part of healthful living. There are foods that hurt your health and foods that improve your health. What you choose to eat is just as important as what you chose NOT to eat. This is particularly true for foods that help control your cholesterol levels. Saturated fats in the diet are harmful…

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Childhood Obesity Increases Risk for Early Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes

Researchers examined the physiological changes in extremely obese children compared to normal weight. Those overweight and obese had higher levels of oxidized LDL cholesterol (the damaging kind) and inflammatory markers which help predict the early onset of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. The most important finding was that these predictors of early disease increased steadily with increasing weight…

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Risks of Dyslipidemia Begin Early in Life

Dyslipidemia (unhealthy total, LDL and HDL cholesterol levels) leads to coronary artery disease in middle-aged and older people. Two decades of research on 3200 young adults (18-30 yrs. old) has revealed that the consequences of dyslipidemia begin early in life. Coronary calcium was measured at 15-20 years of follow-up.

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