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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Everything Ashley Tisdale Eats In A Day, Plus Her Workout Routine

The one thing Ashley Tisdale says most people don‘t know about her, it’s that she’s funny. “My humor is dry and lowkey,” she says. “My friends think that I should share it more on my socials, but I don’t even know how to show that. I guess that’s just what it’s like when you’re personally with me.”

If you’ve been an Ashley Tisdale fan since the early 2000s, you probably already know that this actress is very funny (there are plenty of memes to back it up), but the 37-year-old entertainer is a lot different than you may remember her. Ashley, like her humor, is a bit more lowkey—and extremely dedicated to wellness. While her Insta feed might not be filled with stand up like her friends would prefer, it is filled with lots of healthy living inspiration and advice.

In fact, Ashley started her own wellness blog and brand, Frenshe, in 2020. Since, she’s been very vulnerable with followers about her health journey, sharing personal details on everything from her alopecia diagnosis to her breast explant surgery.

“I wanted to share these experiences,” the Frenshe CEO says of why she created the brand. “I just really want to make sure people don’t feel so alone in their journey.”

The former actress sat down with Women’s Health to discuss her daily diet and other healthy habits, from her morning workout to her bedtime routine.

She starts her day with a meditation.

ICYDK, Ashley has a two-year-old daughter, Jupiter. Each morning, she gets up with her around 6:30 a.m. Sometimes, the Frenshe CEO gets up even earlier to squeeze a meditation into her morning.

“Meditation is one of those things that is so amazing to have at any moment where you’re feeling a certain way, and you just

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Plant based diet improves environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions

A new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests that the majority of eating habits include compromises regarding sustainability. Although the plant-based diet proved to be the greatest for the environment, the low-fat diet seemed to have the highest quality.

Major policy agendas ask for rapid funding in studies that examine how dietary habits affect several sustainability domains. Consequently, this research was done to compare the daily per capita greenhouse gas emissions, diet costs, and diet quality of plant-based, low-fat, low-grain, and time-restricted diet patterns.

Data on food prices and greenhouse gas emissions (GHGEs) from several databases were combined with dietary information from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (2013-2016, n = 4025). The Healthy Eating Index-2015 was utilized to measure the effectiveness of the diet.

The key findings of this study were:

1. Although the diet quality was comparable to most other diet patterns (P > 0.005), the plant-based diet pattern had the lowest GHGEs (3.5 kg carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2eq); 95% confidence interval (CI): 3.3, 3.8 kg CO2eq) and one of the lowest diet costs.

2. The low-grain diet plan had all intermediate sustainability effects. With intermediate diet quality and moderate to high GHGEs, the limited carbohydrate diet pattern had the greatest diet cost.

3. The greatest diet quality, intermediate GHGEs, and lowest diet cost were all found in the low-fat diet pattern.

4. The time-restricted diet pattern had low to moderate diet cost, GHGEs that were comparable to those of most other diet patterns, and one of the lowest diet quality scores.

Recent methodological developments in diet sustainability research allowed this study to combine data on environmental effects, cost, and food quality from many databases. In this nationally representative study, the majority of food patterns were linked to sustainability trade-offs. These findings are

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Here’s What You Need to Know

FROM KETO TO ATKINS to paleo to Whole30, there are tons of fad diets out there. Another one to add to that list is the GOLO diet.

GOLO is shorthand for the plan’s mantra, “Go lose weight, go look great, go love life.”

The GOLO diet, like many other diets, argues that it’s the only diet that will work for you. So if you’ve tried other diets before and “failed” then GOLO is going to be just perfect for you.

Go with GOLO and you’ll lose the weight you want, a claim the company backs up with testimonials of people who have lost more than 100 pounds on the plan.

But the GOLO plan is different from other diets in a few major ways.

One, the promises go beyond weight loss. GOLO states that it will also boost your immunity and reset something called your “metabolic health.”

And, two, the GOLO diet builds itself around a supplement. That pill, called Release, helps dieters on the plan achieve their weight loss goals, but also improve their overall health.

Critics of the diet say that there are serious problems with GOLO and Release, cautioning people away from the plan.

“It’s a pass for this registered dietitian,” says Alyssa Pike, R.D., senior manager of nutrition communications for the International Food Information Council. “The GOLO diet is essentially a calorie-restricted diet that requires an expensive supplement.”

The GOLO diet may have healthy components, like focusing on whole food groups and avoiding too much added sugar, she says. But, research on the required supplement isn’t there to back up its claims.

“When an eating pattern proclaims it’s not a diet but promotes dieting behaviors, it’s confusing for everyone,” Pike adds.

Still, it’s hard not to get drawn into the dramatic before-and-afters

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