30 Cholesterol-Lowering Tips from the Cleveland Clinic

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By Cleveland Clinic on Oct 28, 2010 at 3:30PM

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30 Cholesterol-Lowering Tips from the Cleveland Clinic

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“When it comes to blood cholesterol levels as a predictor of heart disease, having more ‘good cholesterol,’ or HDLs might be a better protector against heart disease than having low LDLs, or bad cholesterol,” says Michael Roizen, MD, chief wellness officer of Cleveland Clinic’s Wellness Institute. “Aim for HDL levels that are above 60 mg/dl by dropping extra pounds, exercising regularly and making the heart-healthy fats found in foods such as nuts, fish and olive oil, a regular part of your diet.” Also, ask your doc about prescription niacin supplements, a vitamin B-complex that lowers bad cholesterol and triglycerides, and increases good cholesterol. Since niacin can cause an uncomfortable flush (warmth throughout the body) during the first two weeks of use, taking one-half to one-quarter of a baby aspirin with a glass of water one hour before can prevent bothersome effects.

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