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To lower high blood levels of the bad LDL cholesterol that causes heart attacks, restrict saturated and partially hydrogenated fats.

You know that there's the bad LDL cholesterol that can cause heart attacks and the good HDL cholesterol that helps to prevent them. Blood levels of the bad LDL cholesterol are determined by how much saturated fats you eat in meat, chicken, whole milk dairy products and eggs, and how much partially hydrogenated fats in many prepared packaged foods, cookies, crackers, margarines, breakfast cereals and fast food restaurant items.

To lower high blood levels of the bad LDL cholesterol, read labels and think twice about eating products containing partially hydrogenated oils. To raise blood levels of the good HDL cholesterol, exercise and restrict calories from refined carbohydrates such as sugar, bakery products and pastas.

M Noakes, PM Clifton. Changes in plasma lipids and other cardiovascular risk factors during 3 energy-restricted diets differing in total fat and fatty acid composition. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, 2000, Vol 71, Iss 3, pp 706-712

Checked 8/31/05

May 29th, 2013
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Sports medicine doctor, fitness guru and long-time radio host Gabe Mirkin, M.D., brings you news and tips for your healthful lifestyle. A practicing physician for more than 50 years and a radio talk show host for 25 years, Dr. Mirkin is a graduate of Harvard University and Baylor University College of Medicine. He is board-certified in four specialties: Sports Medicine, Allergy and Immunology, Pediatrics and Pediatric Immunology. The Dr. Mirkin Show, his call-in show on fitness and health, was syndicated in more than 120 cities. Read More
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