One thing to remember is that HDL is a "scavenger" cholesterol. It picks up LDL from the bloodstream and causes it to be excreted. So, a high level of HDL may indeed contribute to a low level of LDL, thus playing an important role in heart health.View Thread
"Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do." --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
When I started to collect the information needed to make healthy changes, I wanted to develop a "can do" attitude. But soon learned that a "can do" attitude is all about potential. The ability to eat well and exercise regularly didn't necessarily result in a commitment from me to take action. It wasn't until I made a shift in mind-set to a "will do" attitude that action was taken and change took place. It looks as if Goethe knew about the difference between "can do" and "will do" a couple of hundred years before I did. --Joe PiscatellaView Thread
I'd very much recommend you see your doctor right away, get checked out, then make appropriate lifestyle changes. As one who had bypass surgery at age 32 (I'm now 67), I know that age does not automatically confer protection.View Thread
Just let me remind you of the sheer number of benefits that regular exercise can bring. It can strengthen your heart muscle, boost protective HDL cholesterol, protect the coronary arteries, reduce blood clotting, lower blood pressure, manage stress and help you to lose weight (if you need to). And as a result, it helps reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke. Dr. Robert Butler, an expert on aging, says it best: "If exercise could be packaged into a pill, it would be the single most widely prescribed and beneficial medicine in the nation." Think about it.View Thread
Antioxidants such as beta-carotene gave been associated with improved cardiac health. New research has found that the antioxidant lutein is potentially more beneficial than beta-carotene in preventing thickening of blood vessel walls. An 18-month study at the University of Southern California found that participants with the lowest blood lutein had carotid arteries four times thicker than those with the highest levels. The working theory is that lutein prevents LDL cholesterol from sticking to artery walls.
While its effects are still being investigated, early indications are that lutein may also protect eyesight, reduce cancer risk and combat arthritis. Good sources include kale, collard greens, spinach, broccoli, Brussels sprouts and corn.View Thread
There has been much recent research suggesting that people who are married seem to have better health than people who live alone. However, the key factor is whether or not a person is lonely.
Research shows that chronically lonely people may be at higher risk for coronary disease, certain cancers and other types of inflammatory diseases because their feelings of social isolation trigger the activity of pro-inflammatory cells.
The inflammation that results can help to rupture coronary artery blockages. Then cholesterol can be released into the blood stream, mix with the blood, and produce a large blood clot. This in turn can seal off blood to the heart and trigger a heart attack. Other things that increase inflammation are smoking, gum disease and chronic stress.View Thread
America's weight problem isn't just a product of too much food, high-calorie drinks also play a role. In addition, A previous tip liquid calories do not fill us up. We eat the same amount of food as we normally would, so the liquid calories are just extra.
So, watch out for the amount of calories that you drink as they can be substantial. Most sugary soft drinks, for example, contain more calories per ounce than beer. And b careful with those fancy coffee drinks. A Grande (16-ounce) Starbucks Caramel Macchiato packs 240 calories and 4.5 grams of saturated fat. Grande, indeed!