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Cholesterol

Cholesterol
September 28, 2017

Is cholesterol really that bad?

How can something that is essential for brain function be bad for you? This­ is exactly the reputation that cholesterol has earned through the years. And yet, “Cholesterol is necessary to build and maintain cell membranes,” explains Dr David Perlmutter, in the book Brain Maker. “In fact, it’s vital for brain neuron function.” How publicity made the good guy look bad A few years ago, based on conflicting medical opinions, people ditched bacon and eggs for muesli, dumped butter for margarine and ran screaming at the mention of cholesterol. It was pinpointed as the main cause of atherosclerosis (fatty deposits…
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Cholesterol
December 7, 2016

The lowdown on cholesterol

You choose a delicious sandwich spread from the shelf in the supermarket and you put it down immediately because you see those scary words - cholesterol. LDL cholesterol is what gives cholesterol such a bad rep and it is the cholesterol that your doctor warns you about. It contributes to plaque, a thick, hard deposit that can your clog arteries and make them less flexible. This condition is known as atherosclerosis. If a clot forms and blocks a narrowed artery, a heart attack or stroke can result. (more…)
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CholesterolFood & nutrition
January 9, 2015

5 Top cholesterol-lowering foods

Cholesterol is a steroid fat found in your blood, but not many people know that you need it for the proper functioning of your cell membranes. Luckily, your body makes all the cholesterol you need – the problem is often a diet that gives us too much, and high levels of cholesterol have been shown to increase the risk of stroke and heart disease. (more…)
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CholesterolHeart & Blood Vessels
November 19, 2014

Cholesterol – a major risk of heart disease

High cholesterol is one of the major risk factors of heart disease, heart attack and stroke. However, you can successfully lower bad cholesterol levels by making certain diet and lifestyle changes. Remember, the body only requires a small amount of cholesterol to function in top form, and when too much cholesterol is present in the diet, health conditions such as heart disease can develop. Plaque (a thick, hard deposit) forms in the arteries, making it harder for blood to flow through properly. Over time, this build-up of plaque causes hardening of the arteries, which can lead to heart disease. (more…)
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Cholesterol
June 22, 2014

Could you have high cholesterol? Take our quiz!

If you have a raised blood cholesterol level, you might not even know it. Often, symptoms only appear when the damage has already been done. Do you know if you’re at risk? Take our quiz to find out! (more…)
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