NIH News in Health Features
Vegetarian meals focus on fruits and vegetables, dried beans, whole grains, seeds and nuts. Vegetarian diets tend to have fewer calories, lower levels of saturated fat and cholesterol, and more fiber, potassium and vitamin C than other eating patterns.
Heart disease remains the number one killer of both women and men in the United States. The good news is you have the power to protect and improve your heart health. Research has found that you can lower your risk for heart disease simply by adopting sensible health habits.
We need a certain amount of fat in our diets to stay healthy. Fats provide needed energy in the form of calories. Problems arise, though, if we eat too much fat. Learn about "good" and "bad" fats, cholesterol, and more.
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High Blood Cholesterol
(National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute)
What causes high blood cholesterol, signs and symptoms, diagnosis, optimal levels, treatments, medications, diet, clinical trials and more.
High Cholesterol and Complementary Health Practices
(National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine)
What the science says about the effectiveness and safety of several dietary supplements reportedly used by people with high cholesterol, including red yeast rice, flaxseed and flaxseed oil, and garlic.
Learning About Familial Hypercholesterolemia
(National Human Genome Research Institute)
The symptoms, causes, diagnosis, and treatment of familial hypercholesterolemia. This inherited condition causes high levels of LDL (low density lipoprotein) cholesterol levels beginning at birth.
NIHSeniorHealth: High Blood Cholesterol
(National Institute on Aging)
High blood cholesterol information tailored for seniors. Topics include causes, symptoms and diagnosis, therapeutic lifestyle changes, medicines, frequently asked questions and more.
The Big, Fat World of Lipids
(National Institute of General Medical Sciences)
Your body contains thousands of types of fats, or lipids. With improved tools and methods, researchers are learning more about lipid diversity and function.