Learning About Cholesterol

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It’s been rather a long while since I wrote about the importance of finding reputable online resources for learning about cholesterol. You can permanently locate links to educational resources on my Resources/Info Links page, but I thought it might be helpful to discuss in a post.

Why?

Well, quite frankly it’s because when discussing high cholesterol and heart disease risk, many doctors – who speak daily, probably, about cholesterol – rush through the conversation and use unfamiliar terms. On the receiving end it can feel like a tornado rather than a give and take discussion of personal cholesterol results and the resulting medical goals.

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Not Whole Steamed Fish

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After a summer with a lot of travel – and the poor eating that accompanies vacation, despite good intentions – I was looking to kick off September with some healthy, low-cholesterol dinner options.  It seemed a good omen that David Tanis’ interesting New York Times article, “The Whole Fish And Nothing But” was published on my birthday and the accompanying recipe looked great, so I decided to give it a try.

And the recipe was great – pretty easy and very tasty – but with one big issue. The illustration of Steamed Whole Fish With Ginger and Sesame was my goal,

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Better Than Salad at Wendy’s

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Dining out lo-co can be a challenge – especially if you find yourself at a fast food joint. Yes, of course, you shouldn’t be there, but if you are going to dine fast-food style (and you know you are), there are some good lo-co choices.

And it’s not just salad anymore.

Woot.

Last week, my son and I were finishing up our it-feels-like-1000-doctors-he-has-to-see-before-he-leaves-for-college expedition, and we had 2 appointments in one day and an hour to kill.  And it was lunchtime.  Naturally we went to Wendy’s.

Now, I was all set to order their Apple Pecan Chicken Salad,

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Cholesterol Tests Your Doctor Hasn’t Told You About

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A standard cholesterol lipid panel  provides four measures: Total Cholesterol, LDL Cholesterol, HDL Cholesterol and Triglycerides.  But did you know that there are two other blood tests — and one ratio that’s easy to calculate — that can better predict your risk of heart disease?  Which means that even with high cholesterol, you might not need a statin medication if these tests show low cardiac disease risk.

Or you might think you don’t need a statin … and in fact do.

And yet, your doctor probably has not told you about these tests.  So let me.

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How I learned – well, am learning – to love salad

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Salad is a smart lo-co choice: lettuce offers important cholesterol-lowering fiber and it can be topped with fresh vegetables and topped off with the crunch of cholesterol-lowering almonds.

The problem is – I have never liked salad.

But I’m warming to it.

The reasons I dislike(d) salad are many.  First and most important, as I’ve posted before, I like my meals hot – and no matter what you do to salad, hot it’s not. Though, topping a salad with strips of hot grilled chicken – or fish – does make it a tad more enticing as a meal.  

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