Occasionally you’ll hear that maybe there’s a risk in substantially lowering cholesterol; maybe you’ll suffer emotional problems like mental distress or depression, even suicide. But these concerns have largely been discredited.
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Scientists worldwide agree that the single most important thing you can do to lower your risk of a heart attack is to lower bad forms of cholesterol like LDL and non-HDL. Learn the safest, most effective ways to lower cholesterol with diet and exercise.
With a healthy lifestyle and, if needed, cholesterol-lowering medications, you can stabilize plaques and improve the entire health of the inner walls of your coronary arteries, so much so that “you could very well reduce your risk of a heart attack by 80 to 90%,” states Dr. Jay Kenney, Nutrition Research Specialist at the Pritikin Longevity Center® & Spa.
A near-vegetarian diet rich in fiber-filled foods like fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and beans, similar to the Pritikin Eating Plan, was as effective as statin drugs in reducing LDL “bad” cholesterol levels, according to research.
The media has a new “bad guy” called trans fats. So in the often overly simplified world of TV sound bites, journalists are now widely reporting on the new “good guys,” which are any foods (including Crisco) or any laws that have wiped out trans fats. But removing trans fats from a food does not necessarily make that food healthy. L
It is helpful to know your non-HDL cholesterol because your level of non-HDL may predict your risk of cardiovascular disease even better than your LDL “bad” cholesterol.
Statin drugs can lower CRP levels. Lifestyle changes like the Pritikin Program have also proven very effective.
“In fact, lifestyle is the most effective way to reduce C-reactive protein,” asserts Robert Vogel, MD, one of America’s leading cardiologists and co-author of the book The Pritikin Edge: 10 Essential Ingredients for a Long and Delicious Life.
Are you striving for better cholesterol levels via diet-and-exercise changes like the Pritikin Program? Many studies published over the last three decades have documented the powerful impact that the Pritikin Program alone (no drugs needed) can have on lipid levels.
When it comes to heart health, the size of your LDL matters. Research is finding that smaller, denser LDL particles can burrow themselves into arterial walls and build up plaque far more easily than larger LDL particles. That’s a key reason why people who have low total cholesterol levels and even low total LDL levels can still be at high risk of a heart attack. The smaller your LDL particles, the more susceptible you are to plaque growth. Learn how to alter LDL size.
The BBC produced a fascinating 10-minute segment that aired throughout Britain and “would fit right into our educational curriculum at the Pritikin Longevity Center,” smiles Dr. Jay Kenney, Nutrition Research Specialist. It’s the story of nine men and women who set up camp for 12 days in tents at a British zoo and ate the diet, lots of high-fiber fruit and veggies and some seafood, that our ape-like ancestors most likely consumed.
First of all, keep in mind that there will always be articles like this in the popular press because “that’s what people want to hear. They like believing they can keep eating red meat and other saturated-fat-rich foods without clogging their arteries or promoting cancer,” points out Dr. Jay Kenney, Nutrition Research Specialist at Pritikin.