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    1. The New Low-Cholesterol Diet: Plant Sterols and Stanols

      Almost everyone has eaten cholesterol-lowering foods like walnuts, salmon, and oatmeal. But what's a plant sterol or stanol? And do you really want to eat it? Most experts say yes. "Eating sterol and stanol-containing foods is an easy way to lower your LDL cholesterol, which helps reduce the risk of

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    2. The New Low-Cholesterol Diet: Nuts

      Nuts get a bad rap. A lot of people still see them as salty, fatty, and high calorie -- a junk food deserving exile to the carts of vendors or the snack bowls of dingy, smoky bars. But nutritionists say that certain nuts deserve an honored spot in the kitchen of every healthy eater (as long as you'r

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    3. Cholesterol-Lowering Foods

      Do you want a diet to lower cholesterol? We all know that butter, ice cream, and fatty meats raise cholesterol, but do you know which foods make up a low-cholesterol diet? Find out here. Here's some good news. To lower your cholesterol, you can actually eat more of certain foods. A handful of some "

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    4. 5 Heart-Healthy Foods

      Nothing matters more than taking good care of your heart. Getting regular exercise, not smoking, and controlling stress are just a few things health experts recommend, along with eating a variety of nutritious, heart-healthy foods that make up a healthy diet. Where to start? Add these five "super-fo

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    5. Holiday Foods for the Cholesterol-Conscious

      If your doctor has warned you to watch what you eat because of high blood cholesterol levels, it doesn't mean you have to skip all your favorite holiday foods at dinners and parties. With a bit of creativity in how you cook, what you choose from a buffet, or how you order in a restaurant, you can fe

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    6. Top Heart Health Stories of 2008: Readers' Choice

      The unexpected death of NBC Meet the Press host Tim Russert in June shocked many Americans, who suddenly saw themselves at risk for heart trouble. Heart-healthy diets gained traction in 2008, along with tips for recognizing symptoms of heart disease. Those topics are among the most viewed heart-rela

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    7. Keep the Weight Off

      Take it off. And now that you've got it off, keep it off. The first part is easy. The second sometimes seems nearly impossible. Yes, this is about those extra pounds. You know the ones. You lost them last year, and the year before that. Yet they come back year after year like reruns of A Charlie Bro

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    8. Exercise To Lower Cholesterol

      You may have heard that exercise is one of the best ways to lower your cholesterol. But how does it work? And what type of exercise is most effective? Researchers aren't entirely sure how exercise lowers cholesterol, but they are beginning to have a clearer idea. "Lots of people, even lots of doctor

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    9. Your Lower Cholesterol Toolbox

      Achieving lower cholesterol is one of the best ways to protect yourself from heart attack and stroke. A fat-like substance found in the blood, cholesterol can build up and form deposits in your arteries. These cholesterol deposits can clog arteries -- or in some cases completely block -- the passage

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    10. Checklist: Cholesterol Lowering Medications

      Cholesterol-lowering medications can help many people if taken as prescribed. First, however, answer two questions. Have you tried to lower cholesterol through diet, exercise, and weight loss? Are you at high risk of cardiovascular problems? Doctors usually suggest trying diet and exercise before ch

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