Lowering High Cholesterol – Taking a Baseline

Determining how to lower your high cholesterol reading requires first taking a baseline measurements of your weight, waist size, diet, and activity that are potentially relevant to your cholesterol. What is a baseline? A baseline is simply a measure of current state.  You’ll take measurements and compare them to the ideal when figuring out how to go about lowering your[…]

How to Deal with a High Cholesterol Reading

After receiving a high cholesterol reading from my doctor, I put together a plan to lower my cholesterol to a healthy level naturally, without medication. Understanding of my own health Prior to my high cholesterol reading, I was never conscious of nor did I care about connections between cholesterol and blood pressure with heart disease.  As I[…]

Cyber Monday Discount Lose It! Premium Subscription Deal

After being diagnosed with a high LDL cholesterol count and borderline BMI measurement several years ago, I evaluated several meal and activity tracking programs for my iPhone before eventually selecting Lose It! from Boston-based developer FitNow.  I use Lose It! to help meet my diet and weight-loss goals and track fat and calories by entering my meals and snacks as well[…]

Getting Started with Flexitarian Cooking

I just got started with week 1 of the flexitarian meal plan, and am cooking up some pretty tasty vegetarian dishes from the Flexitarian Diet Book. The idea behind Flexitarianism is to reduce, but not necessarily eliminate, the amount of meat in one’s diet. Meat-based diets have been linked to heart disease, cancer, and weight gain.[…]

Running for Beginners

Salty Running features articles by and for women looking to improve their training and performance, and offers a free “Running for Beginners”  program that can provide anyone with a good, simple introduction to the sport. Running is my favorite heart-healthy exercise, and is demonstrated to lower cholesterol levels, improve longevity, increase bone mass, and improve[…]

Flexitarianism: Meal Plans and Diet

More and more people who are concerned with losing weight, reducing the risk of heart disease, or who simply want to eat better and healthy are incorporating Flexitarianism in their meal plans and diet.  Flexitarian advocates eat a primarily vegetarian diet; meat may be included occasionally – say, in social situations or when it’s otherwise[…]

Do Brain Trainer Games Work?

A friend has looked for ways to improve his memory capacity and cognitive response, and thought that brain trainer games and software might work. As we get older, our brains decline in operating speed and performance. He’s been playing brain trainer games at Lumosity, which advertise that their subscription game service will “improve your brain[…]

How to Reduce the Risk of a Heart Attack

The Wall Street Journal published an article about how to reduce the risk of a heart attack entitled “The Guide to Beating a Heart Attack”.  It’s well known that most of the risk of a heart attack is associated with factors that are within a person’s control, including cholesterol, blood pressure, physical activity, smoking and[…]

Statins and Cholesterol: New Drug May Enhance or Replace Statins

Recently, I wrote about the negative side effect of statins on memory.  Researchers announced a new drug, early in the clinical testing stages, that may enhance the cholesterol-lowering benefits of statins or replace them entirely.  The new drug is an antibody called REGN727.  REGN727 works by blocking the action of a protein produced in the[…]