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Cholesterol and Cardiovascular Disease
A cholesterol count of over 200 mg/dl is considered to put a person at risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD). Yet, over 100 million Americans have counts higher than 200 points. The average in the U.S. is about 220 mg/dl.
Cardiovascular disease kills more Americans than the next seven diseases put together – including cancer. Over a million people die each year of CVD – that’s one death every 30 seconds. And the reasons are obvious.
The standard American diet (S.A.D.) and the “couch potato” lifestyle are killing us. Not only are we eating too much food (300 calories a day more than in 1985), but we’re eating far too much of the wrong kinds of foods – too much saturated fat, trans-fat and high glycemic carbohydrates. Overindulgence in these foods create weight problems and the diseases associated with poor diet and excess weight – arthritis, high blood pressure, hardening of the arteries, diabetes, stroke and heart disease.
What can you do to naturally lower cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease? The answer to this question is fairly simple and, if you want to lead a long, happy, healthy life, it’s also worth the effort to do what’s necessary.
Begin by eating less red meat, sweets, pastries, full fat dairy and refined grains and by including more fish, poultry, high fiber whole grains, fruits and vegetables in your diet. Next reduce your calories to help you reach and maintain a healthy weight.
The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends you eat five to nine servings of fresh fruit and vegetables everyday to get the necessary antioxidant power of carotenoids. These important phytonutrients are needed to prevent the oxidation of cholesterol. Cholesterol doesn’t become a problem until it oxidizes. So oxidized cholesterol is the real killer. The AHA also recommends you stop smoking and reduce alcohol to no more than one drink a day.
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