Eating a nutritious, balanced diet is an important part of looking after your heart. Knowing what, when, and how much to eat can help reduce your risk of developing a heart condition. You’ll be surprised at how easy it is to make simple changes to your everyday habits that end up making a big difference.
Cholesterol medications (statins or HMG-CoA Reductase Inhibitors) are used to lower levels of fats (or lipids) in the blood (such as cholesterol and triglycerides). These medications help to lower bad cholesterol (LDL - low density lipoproteins), lower triglycerides and boost good cholesterol (HDL - high density lipoproteins). ...Learn More
Researchers at the University of Toronto and St. Michael's Hospital have shown that a vegetarian diet composed of specific plant foods can lower cholesterol as effectively as a drug treatment. ...Learn More
While lowering blood cholesterol levels has been proven to lower the risk of coronary artery disease [CAD], the same relationship has not been established for elevated blood triglycerides. The link between CAD and triglycerides is complicated further by the relationship between high-density lipoprotein [HDL] cholesterol and triglycerides. Elevated triglycerides have a lowering effect on HDL cholesterol which, by itself, is known to increase the risk of CAD. Because of these relationships, triglycerides and cholesterol may be affected by similar risk factors for CAD, including increased body we ...Learn More
Plant sterols are found naturally in the diet in small amounts, such as vegetable oils, legumes (e.g. kidney beans, chick peas, lentils), fruit and vegetables and breads or cereals. The most predominate plant sterols are sitosterol, campesterol and stigmaesterol. It has been proven that plant sterols can lower blood cholesterol. ...Learn More
Obesity is a known risk factor for health. Weight loss can help lower cholesterol and blood pressure, and control blood sugars for people living with diabetes. You don't have to get to your "ideal" weight to be "healthy." Working toward achieving a healthier/lower weight is what matters. There's a big difference. ...Learn More
From television, the news, the internet and the array of articles that surround us, we seem to be inundated with talk about SOY. So, what is the big deal with soy? ...Learn More