Guide to Lowering Your Cholesterol

by Bibbi on February 26th, 2011

Everybody knows that high cholesterol is something to be concerned about. But what does it really mean when your doctor tells you that your cholesterol levels are high, and what should you do about it? If you’re worried about your cholesterol, here’s your chance to get the answers you need from a top expert at the Harvard Medical School.

This book doesn’t just cover cholesterol, but heart health in general. It starts with what cholesterol is and how your body manufactures it and the mechanics of heart disease, then moves on to risk factors and what will happen when you visit your doctor about this. Then it goes to how to lower your cholesterol and, thus, your heart disease risk. Diet, exercise, medications. He includes special cases- children with high cholesterol, seniors, people with established heart disease and diabetics. He gives a chapter to alternative and complementary approaches- and doesn’t think much of any of them.

It’s a very thorough book- the explanation of heart disease is very good. High cholesterol is not a problem on its own- it’s the things it does to the arteries, and it works by several different mechanisms. Of course, even though the book is only five years old, the results of some of the studies he cites have been overturned by newer ones, but for the most part, it’s a good, solid book.

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