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Cholesterol and Genes

Q: It seems like everybody in my family has high cholesterol. I try to eat well and exercise, but my numbers are still high....

Cholesterol, Explained

It’s likely you’ve been told whether you have “high cholesterol.” Perhaps your healthcare provider has discussed your “LDL” or “HDL” levels with you. You...

Coconut Oil Raises LDL-Cholesterol; is Not a Healthy Choice

A systematic review and meta-analysis of clinical trials recently published in the journal Circulation concluded that coconut oil consumption results in significantly higher LDL...

Do We Need to Limit Dietary Cholesterol?

For decades, major dietary recommendations in the U.S. included advice to limit intake of cholesterol from foods to 300 milligrams (mg) or less a...

Q. I have high cholesterol and my doctor told me to eat more beans....

Q. I have high cholesterol and my doctor told me to eat more beans. Why?

Could a Bit of Chocolate Help Keep Your Heart on Beat?

About one in four adults will develop atrial fibrillation (the most common type of irregular heartbeat) in their lifetime. Thats a big deal because atrial fibrillation increases risk of stroke by five-fold. Atrial fibrillation also increases risk of heart failure and impaired cognition (brain function). A recent study in the journal Heart showed moderate chocolate intake was associated with a 10 to 20% decreased risk of being diagnosed with atrial fibrillation. But, is nibbling on chocolate for prevention too good to be true?

Weight Gain in Younger Adults Linked to Increased Health Risks Later

Small, gradual weight gain during early and middle adulthood may get little attention since it doesn't necessarily cause health problems in our younger years. But, it may have serious consequences later in life.

Moderate Alcohol Intake May Help Preserve “Good” Cholesterol

For years we've heard that drinking wine and other alcoholic beverages in moderation may be good for our heart. The majority of alcohol's cardiovascular benefits have been attributed to its association with higher levels of HDL (good) cholesterol, which helps protect artery health. But how does alcohol affect your HDL over the long term, and does it matter what kind of alcoholic beverage it is?

The Benefits of Oats

You've probably heard oats helps lower cholesterol, which is due to their beta-glucan soluble fiber that makes oatmeal sticky. A new British Journal of Nutrition review of 58 clinical trials on oats that involved 3,974 people across the globe expands the role of oatmeal in reducing cardiovascular risk.

Weight Loss Can Improve Lipid Levels

Losing weight can improve your cholesterol and triglyceride levels as well as your waistline, according to a major new intervention study. The study found similar weight loss amounts could be achieved by lower-fat or lower-carbohydrate diets, whether the lower-carb diet was rich in walnuts or in monounsaturated fat (as in canola or olive oils).