Hypertension (high blood pressure) increases heart disease risk. Yet the CDC reports in Are You Wrong About Your Blood Pressure, that 1 in 6 Americans has hypertension and doesn’t realize it. Like high cholesterol, hypertension has no symptoms. So if you have an elevated risk of heart disease (because of high cholesterol) and don’t know your blood pressure, your risk of heart disease may be even higher than you realize.
That’s why it’s vital for anyone with high cholesterol—or other heart disease risk factors—to monitor their blood pressure. In High Cholesterol and High Blood Pressure Raise Heart Disease Risk,
Recently I was both intrigued and a bit leery of an Alison Roman recipe I discovered in People magazine. Millions love Ms. Roman’s recipes, but I sometimes do not have good luck with them. But this one—this one is a game changer.
I made Alison Roman’s One-Pot Chicken with Caramelized Lemons for the first time for a guest—not usually a good plan. Not only that, it was on a Sunday evening after we’d been traveling all weekend, so I was tired, to boot. But he’s a close friend so I figured if the dinner was a bust, we’d just order pizza.
Journalist Jill U. Adams recently interviewed me for a Washington Post article about the role food plays in managing health.
Her article was just published: Food can help control some chronic health conditions, in some cases eliminating the need for drugs. The article’s opening line and premise mirror the Going Lo-Co philosophy: “If you have a chronic health condition—and about 60 percent of Americans live with at least one—you can use food to help manage your problem.”
Also interviewed were Mayo Clinic physician Dr. Donald Hensrud and registered dietician Marla Heller. Both have published books about the role diet plays in managing health.
To naturally lower cholesterol, the most important food choice you can make is to reduce saturated fat and trans fat. That’s straight from the American Heart Association’s article, Prevention and Treatment of High Cholesterol. That article goes on to say that, “Reducing these fats means limiting your intake of red meat and dairy products made with whole milk.”
So what is a burger-loving person with high cholesterol to do? Many people are giving the new plant-based “burgers” a try. And for good reason: In concept the Impossible Burger and Beyond Meat’s ‘Beyond Burger’ seem like a good idea as they are made from plants and have no animal fat.