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    1. How to Cut Down on Medications

      What if you could cut back on the prescription drugs you take for blood pressure, cholesterol, or type 2 diabetes? It may be possible, with your doctor's support. The trick is to make lifestyle changes that have a big impact on your health. These seven steps will help. 1. Make better eating convenie

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    2. Soy Protein and Cholesterol

      Adding tofu to your stir-fry, soy milk to your morning bowl of oatmeal, or edamame as a snack can be a good move if you're working on improving your cholesterol level. Some studies suggest that soy protein may help, says cardiologist James Beckerman, MD, of Portland, OR. But the evidence isn’t stron

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    3. Can Low Cholesterol Keep Your Brain Healthy?

      Most people think of heart disease when they hear the words "high cholesterol," but your brain's health may also be at stake. The evidence is still limited, but studies show that high levels of cholesterol may be linked to Alzheimer's disease or other kinds of dementia. Researchers don't know exactl

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    4. 5 Flavor-Rich Ways to Cut Sodium

      Cutting back on salt? Your food can still be tasty. There are many ways to create flavorful food without using salt. Use these tips to make your food anything but bland. “Don’t shy away from spices,” says nutritionist Katie Cavuto, MS, RD. “A dash of cumin or a pinch of curry powder creates a lot of

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    5. Exercise and Cholesterol: How Much Is Enough?

      Exercise is great for you from head to toe. It makes your heart stronger, and it's a powerful way to lower your LDL (“bad”) cholesterol and boost your HDL (“good”) cholesterol. Here’s what you can do to make a difference. Cardiovascular exercise Aerobic exercise is a champ for improving cholesterol.

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    6. 12 Cooking Tips for Lowering Your Cholesterol

      Lowering your LDL ("bad") cholesterol level can be as easy as making simple changes in the way you cook. These 12 tips and tricks will help you turn everyday meals into heart-healthy fare that tastes great. 1. Cook with whole grains. Whether you’re making pasta, rice, or tortillas, swap your usual g

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    7. 7 Ways to Tame Heart Disease Fears

      If you have concerns about your future because you have heart disease, there's good news: You have more control than you may think. With any serious condition, fear can come knocking. But you can put it in its place. These seven steps can ease your worries and help you live a full, active life. Gett

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    8. 10 Best Diet Plans for High Cholesterol

      You're taking a new look at food, with a goal of bringing down your LDL ("bad") cholesterol level. One thing that may make it easier is to have a plan that sets you up for success, and which has research backing it up. That's where these 10 diets come in. They can help you lower your cholesterol and

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    9. 9 Surprising Foods That May Raise Your Cholesterol

      What you eat affects your cholesterol levels. You probably already know you shouldn't overdo butter or high-fat meats. But some of the foods that you should limit may surprise you. Even when ground turkey is labeled as 85% lean, it has 12.5 grams of fat in a 3-ounce portion, says Christine Rosenbloo

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    10. Eat for a Healthy Heart

      Eating heart-healthy foods may be easier than you think. You don't need to measure or weigh everything or consult calorie books and food labels before every meal. You can fit a healthy diet into a busy lifestyle. It can be as simple as 1-2-3. Just focus on these three areas, says Katie Ferraro, MPH,

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