University of Michigan doctor shares tips for managing cholesterol

DETROIT – Roughly 20% of Americans have high cholesterol, which left untreated, raises the risk of heart disease.

About a third of people with high cholesterol are completely unaware of the problem and the longer it goes untreated, the higher the risk of suffering a heart attack.

The effects of high cholesterol take years to cause damage. By far the biggest factors in having an increased low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or bad cholesterol are diet and lifestyle, although genetics also play a role. It’s critical for everyone to know their cholesterol, but especially for people with a strong family history of high cholesterol or heart disease at an early age.

“So high, harmful types of cholesterol, like LDL cholesterol harm the body, because those cholesterol molecules go into the walls of our arteries,” said Dr. Eric Brandt. “And then over time, they build up plaques. Eventually, those plaques can block the flow in the artery, or they can lead to things like a heart attack.”

Brandt, the Director of Preventive Cardiology at the University of Michigan, said there are good ways to manage cholesterol.

“I like to say we treat with a combination of lifestyle and — when needed — medications,” Brandt said. “ Lifestyle is mostly driven by diet, eating a healthy whole food plant-based diet.”

Brant said some studies have shown that a whole food and plant-based diet can lower cholesterol by as much as 30% in a few weeks.

However, for some, high cholesterol can also run in families and can cause heart disease even earlier in life. That’s why it’s important to screen for it early and to manage what is in your control.

“I like to tell people, ‘We inherit two things, we inherit our genetics for our family, and our lifestyle,

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I’m a dietician – here are 4 cheap diet hacks BETTER for weight loss than Wegovy and Ozempic jabs

A ‘MIRACLE’ weight busting jab used by your fav celebs is coming to a high street near you.

The drug, called Wegovy, will be available on prescription in pharmacies sometime this year, offering hope to millions of Brits caught in a cycle of yo-yo dieting.

An expert has revealed an easier and cheaper way to shed the pounds

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An expert has revealed an easier and cheaper way to shed the pounds

The jabs have allegedly helped billionaire business mogul Elon Musk shed the pounds, and are rumoured to have helped Kim Kardashian fit into that Marilyn Monroe dress for the Met Gala.

Previous trials showed people taking the drug lost on average 12 per cent more of their body weight, compared to people on a placebo.

But, the same trials showed that around half of people taking the drug experience gut issues, including sickness, bloating, acid reflux, constipation and diarrhoea.

Many also regained two-thirds of the pounds they shed after dropping the weekly injections.

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Not to put you off any further, but, if you aren’t eligible for the drug on the NHS, you’ll have to fork out a hefty fee to pay.

With that in mind, is there any easier and cheaper way to shed the pounds?

According to nutritionist, Emma Beckett, from the University of Newcastle, Wegovy works by supressing our appetite – this is why it works for weight loss.

To do this, an ingredient found in the fat-busting drug, known as semaglutide, mimics the role of a natural hormone, called GLP-1.

“This hormone is normally produced in response to detecting nutrients when we eat,” Emma wrote in the Conversation.

GLP-1 is part of the signalling pathway that tells your body you have eaten, and prepare it to use the energy that comes from your food.

What foods can trigger the same reaction?

Energy-dense foods, which tend

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