High Cholesterol Foods: No Longer a Danger?
March 29, 2015
It is still important to eat whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Controlling your cholesterol is still an important key to your overall health. But there is new evidence to suggest that the link between the cholesterol in your diet and heart disease is not as strong as we have been led to believe. In this post to HealthConnection.TV, UT Health Northeast cardiology expert Dr. Dudley Goulden discusses diet versus heredity when it comes to managing cholesterol.
- What is cholesterol and why is it relevant to our health?
- We hear about good and bad cholesterol. What's the difference?
- What are the guidelines for cholesterol and where should our readings be when we get our test results?
- Recently, some new recommendations were released that indicate that heredity plays a far greater role in our cholesterol numbers than the foods we eat. What do you think about this finding?
- Will the new guidelines give us more leeway to eat the things that may have been off the menu before?
- We are sometimes told that certain foods can be beneficial in either raising "good" cholesterol or lowering "bad" cholesterol. What are your thoughts on this?
- If heredity plays a greater role in our cholesterol levels than does diet, what about medications?
- Will this new information change the way that doctors treat patients with high cholesterol?
- On the subject of cholesterol medications, how effective are they and how serious are the side effects?
- What are the key points to remember about cholesterol and staying healthy?