Heart Disease

How to improve your cholesterol levels

How to improve your cholesterol levels

If one-third of Americans have unhealthy cholesterol levels, why did the U.S. recently change its advice to limit the cholesterol we eat daily? Well, for most of us, dietary cholesterol has almost no effect on the cholesterol that ends up in our arteries. But keeping your blood cholesterol numbers down is still key to preventing heart disease.

Two types of cholesterol are found in the blood, LDL and HDL -- and LDL is traditionally targeted as the bad stuff that you want to lower. But it's now known that not all LDL particles are equally dangerous. Small, dense LDL seems to be able to sneak through artery walls more easily and oxidize more readily into a damaging form, compared to...

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