Cholesterol Lowering and Controlling Three Week Plan Handbook and Cookbook


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The information in this book is for you and your loved ones! Anyone, regardless of age, gender or ethnic background, can develop a high cholesterol level without even being aware of it. Are you one of the many individuals who has or is at risk for developing cardiovascular disease?

This book:
A. Enables you to understand and work more easily with your physician in lowering and controlling your cholesterol.
B. Is a guide for having your cholesterol level checked and helping you understand the results.
C. Enables you to be successful in lowering your cholesterol level, if necessary, in the easiest way and the shortest period of time.
D. Helps you understand some basic information about your own body chemistry and its relationship to the foods you eat and their relationship to cholesterol.
E. Explains the relationship of cholesterol to cardiovascular diseases.

Lowering your cholesterol level is a personal affair. Only through personal initiative, understanding your body chemistry and following a proper program can your cholesterol level be controlled. The information in this book is not for self diagnosing but does enable you to work more effectively with your doctor. Physicians do recommend this book.

Your heart, a muscle the size of your fist, beats about 100,000 times per day while pumping approximately 2,000 gallons of blood through 12,400 miles of blood vessels.

Every minute of every day:
Three Americans have a heart attack
One American dies from a heart attack
Think about it!
Lowering and controlling your cholesterol are the foremost things you can do to help your heart be healthy.

This user friendly book tells you all you need to know to lower and control your cholesterol. If you have a high cholesterol or wish to avoid the risk, this is the best book for you.

1. How to lower and control your cholesterol
2. How to lose weight
3. Importance of decreasing saturated fat intake
4. Choosing the type of exercise to help reduce your cholesterol
5. A 3 week plan for lowering cholesterol
6. Food logistics for controlling cholesterol
7. How serious high cholesterol is
8. How to determine if you have high cholesterol
9. Questions and answers you need to know
10. Over 60 cholesterol lowering recipes in the cookbook section

The authors give you solutions rather than talking about the problem of cholesterol. This book complements your relationship with your physician and will help you accomplish your goal of lowering and controlling your cholesterol. This is a physician recommended book.

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he Cholesterol Lowering and Controlling Handbook and Cookbook takes a dual approach to the topic. The first section focuses on education about lipids, while the second part presents over 60 lowfat recipes. The discussion of the composition of lipids is simple and readily understandable by the lay reader. The first chapter reviews the types of cholesterol and how the various lipids are related. High cholesterol is defined, with a chart listing desirable levels.

The next two chapters discuss lowering and controlling cholesterol and include a somewhat detailed 3 week plan for initial cholesterol management. The fourth chapter reviews meal planning, food preparation, shopping and label reading. Chapter five, which discusses the seriousness of atherosclerosis, stresses the negative effects of high lipid levels on health. Risk factors for cardiovascular disease are listed and discussed. Chapter six thoroughly discusses the proper methods for blood lipid testing. The information on the interpretation of test results is clear and concise. Chapter seven's question and answers format includes a good cross section of the questions commonly asked with appropriate answers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780916503055
  • Publisher: Franklin Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/28/1994
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.22 (w) x 8.19 (h) x 0.59 (d)

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Most often with your health, you are concerned with how well you feel and look, and you leave it at that. However, with the concern of cholesterol, it is not a matter of how well you feel or look but how well your cardiovascular system (heart and blood vessels) is functioning. Unlike most health conditions, there are no telltale symptoms to warn you if your cholesterol is high.

The cardiovascular conditions that high cholesterol can lead to cause symptoms only after the damage has been done. therefore, it is your responsibility to find out what your cholesterol level is before you have any cardiovascular symptoms and hopefully avoid ever having any problems. Sounds like a pure and simple case for preventive medicine.

In choosing a physician, be certain he/she can communicate easily and knowledgeably about the condition, and does not just use a few buzz words. You should feel comfortable asking questions and feel that the questions are answered with a true interest, concern and knowledge. In some respects, choosing the right physician to help you is the most important thing you can do.

Generally speaking, experts in the cholesterol field recommend that cholesterol levels should start being checked in the early teenage years. If the results are normal, then about every five years thereafter. The National Cholesterol Education Program Expert Panel's Report recommends that every adult age twenty and over be tested every five years.

If there is a family history of high cholesterol and/or coronary heart disease (under 50 years of age in males and under 60 for females), the a child should be tested soon after the age of two. If the results are within the normal range, the test should be repeated every two to three years. Children with total cholesterol over 170 could possibly benefit from dietary counseling and increased exercise. Be certain to keep a running record of the test results so you can see if there is any great change occurring over the years.

Take special note; there are two different test for determining your cholesterol level:

2. TOTAL LIPID PROFILE (Lipoprotein Analysis) which includes the following 5 components:
1. Total cholesterol
2. LDL cholesterol
3. HDL cholesterol
4. Triglycerides
5. Total cholesterol/HDL cholesterol ratio

For your first test, probably only the total cholesterol will be ordered. We feel this is not the better way to go because it's possible for your total cholesterol to be within the desirable range, but for one of the components (LDLs. HDLs, triglycerides, or the total cholesterol/HDL cholesterol ratio to be too high or low. If you or your doctor were not aware of these high or low values, then you would not be treated according to your real needs and your risk of having a medical problem would not be resolved. You would have a false sense of security because you wouldn't know all of the information necessary for a complete picture. Get the complete picture by getting the complete information. This can only be accomplished by having the complete test. Get the TOTAL LIPID PROFILE TEST!

The best procedure for determining your cholesterol level:
1. Ask your doctor to order a total lipid profile test.

2. Fast twelve to fourteen hours before the test to permit a more accurate test of the triglyceride level which rises appreciably after eating. Avoid alcohol for 24 hours before the test. In general, the most favorable time to have the test is between 7 and 9 am after having not eaten from 7pm the night before. Only water is permitted during this time.

3. Sit for at least 5 minutes before your blood is drawn. Sit (do not lie down or stand) when your blood is being drawn. The tourniquet should be used for as brief a time as possible, less than a minute.

It is most important that you get this test immediately!
a. Do not have the test taken:
1) Just after you have been seriously ill
2) Within three months of a heart attack
3) During the last trimester of pregnancy
4) After a major weight loss
5) After sudden dietary changes
These situations interfere with a true cholesterol reading.

b. Since there have been labs which have not performed the test according the professional standards, call the lab where you plan to have the blood sample taken and ask if:
1) It is accredited by a national agency, such as the College of American Pathology.
2) Its equipment is check daily.
3) Its testing results are audited regularly by an independent agency.
You want to have the test performed in a lab that answers yes to all the questions. You may ask to see their certificate of accreditation.

c. Always have your test performed at the same lab.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Understanding Cholesterol
What Is Cholesterol And Where Does It Come From?
Why Do We Need Cholesterol?
How Cholesterol Travels Through Your Body
(VLDL) Very Low-Density Lipoproteins;
(LDL) Low-Density Lipoproteins
(HDL) High-Density Lipoproteins
Why Are LDLs called "bad" cholesterol?
Why Are HDLs called "good" cholesterol?
What Are Triglycerides And What Do They Do?
What Is High Blood Cholesterol?
What About Ratio?
Cholesterol and Lipid Level Chart
What Factors Influence Your Blood Cholesterol Level?
Chapter 2 How To Lower And Control Your High Cholesterol
Three Steps To Lower Your Cholesterol
Step 1 Change the Foods You Eat
Eat Less Fat
Saturated Fat
Foods To Avoid
Foods To Use
Unsaturated Fat
Polyunsaturated Fats
Monounsaturated Fats
How To Determine the Amount of Fat to Eat Daily
Recommended Daily Calorie Allowance Chart
Permissible Amount of Fat At Specific Calorie Levels Chart
Hydrogenated and Partially Hydrogenated Oils
Eat Less Cholesterol
Cholesterol Content Of Some Common Foods
Eat More Complex Carbohydrates
Fiber Can Make A Difference
Soluble Fiber
Insoluble Fiber
Summary and Very Brief Review of Your Food Changes
Step 2: Do Moderate Aerobic Exercise Regularly
Pulse Rate Chart
Step 3: Reduce Weight If Necessary
Recommended Daily Calorie Allowance Chart
Estimated Calories Burned By One Hour Of Exercise Chart
Desirable Weight For Height Chart
Calories Say, "Not All Foods Are EqualO
Additional Steps to Aid In Lowering Your Cholesterol
Stop Smoking, Stop Drinking Coffee and Alcohol
Medications For Lowering Your Cholesterol
Chapter 3 Three Week Plan For Lowering Your Cholesterol
The Goal Of The 3 Week Plan
The Method Of The 3 Week Plan
1st Week-Getting Into Position
Sample Menus
2nd Week-Moving Along With Additional Modifications
Sample Menus
3rd Week-Locking In On Lifetime Eating And Exercise Habits
Sample Menus
Daily Food Review and Accounting
Daily Food Diary-Present Eating Style
Daily Food Diary-"For Cholesterol Lowering"
Your Daily Food Diary
Chapter 4 Food Logistics
Planning: What Foods To Eat
Recommended Daily Food Planning Guide
Shopping For Foods
Reading And Understanding Food Labels
Sources Of Saturated Fat and Cholesterol
Making The Right Choice
Preparation of Foods
Check Your Cooking Fats and Oils Chart
Lining Up The Preferable Oils
Low Fat Cooking Tips
Eating Out
Chapter 5 How Serious Is High Cholesterol?
Heart Disease (Coronary Heart Disease)
Risk Factors For Coronary Heart Disease
Other Circulatory Problems
Can Atherosclerosis Be Reversed?
Chapter 6 How To Determine If You Have High Cholesterol
Get The Test: The Total Lipid Profile
Cholesterol Numbers Game, Understanding It
Classification of Cholesterol Levels For Adults Chart
Suggested Cholesterol Levels For Between 2 and 19 Years Chart
Ratio in Relation To Risk of Coronary Artery Disease Chart
What The Specific Numbers Mean
Visual Aids To Help Track Cholesterol Lowering Progress
Personal Cholesterol Record
Sample Graphs
Chapter 7 Questions and Answers
pancakes and waffles
french Toast
fish and Seafood
Dressings and Dips
ice Cream and Sherbet
Handbook Index
Cookbook Index

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Dr. Capuzzi is Director of the Lipid Disorders Center, Professor of Medicine and Biochemistry, Medical College of Pennsylvania; Associate in Medicine, Lankenau Hospital, and Adjunct Professor of Medicine and Biochemistry, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is the author of numerous research papers on lipids and lipoproteins.

Over the past years, the public has been deluged with a mass of information from both health organizations and the news media concerning the issues of blood cholesterol control and cardiovascular disease risk. A variety of medical studies have been cited to support various points of view. The public has received the message that something can and should be done to lower the risk for heart attack, but that medical authorities disagree on the best approaches to take. The resulting controversies have led to confusion and skepticism compounded by the vigorous promotion of various remedies to lower blood cholesterol. A number of questions have been raised: Does sufficient scientific information exist to warrant implementation of measures to lower blood cholesterol levels? Should these measures be applied to the overall population or only to those at high risk? How should age and sex factors be considered in formulating medical evaluation and treatment plans? Do the benefits of lowering blood cholesterol outweigh the issues of safety, efficacy, expense, and inconvenience of various treatment modalities?

While it is important for Medicine to question its hypotheses in the light of new information, it is essential that the public receive adequate and accurate information. The National Cholesterol Education Program has been launched to educate both health care professionals and the public about steps that should be taken to lower coronary disease risk. Coronary atherosclerosis is a complex disease. There are no easy absolute answers to its relationship to cholesterol metabolism, and to the interplay of hereditary and environmental influences. However, through a careful, critical review of the enormous body of available medical evidence, a number of reasoned conclusions can be reached:

1. The evidence linking high blood cholesterol in a causal fashion with increased risk of premature development of coronary heart disease is overwhelming and unassailable.

2. A host of biochemical, genetic, nutritional, epidemiologic, and clinical studies carried out over the past 50 years support this relationship in a consistent fashion.

3. The higher the blood cholesterol level, the greater the coronary risk.

4. Intake of a high cholesterol, high saturated fat, calorie-rich diet is a major contributing factor to high blood cholesterol levels and increased coronary risk.

5. Other risk factors such as a family history of premature coronary heart disease, cigarette smoking, the presence of hypertension, diabetes mellitus, excessive weight, sedentary lifestyle, and stress increase the absolute risk imparted by high blood cholesterol.

6. Lowering of elevated blood cholesterol levels by prudent, sustained intake of healthful foods, and the judicious use of medications under medical supervision can reduce one's risk for coronary events such as heart attack.

7. Reduction or removal of other modifiable risk factors at any given cholesterol level is beneficial, and should be part of a treatment plan.

The benefits from blood cholesterol-lowering appear to be greatest in those who are at increased cardiovascular risk for other reasons. However, there is individual variation in response to treatment and there is no unqualified assurance of a health advantage for every individual who undertakes such measures. Therefore, there is no substitute for evaluation by a physician capable of assessing carefully the cause and risk of blood cholesterol elevation in a given individual. The physician can then decide upon prudent intervention measures, and recommend a safe, cholesterol-lowering regimen that may improve the patient's health.

Considerable patient education is usually needed to accomplish the goals of therapy. Suitable reading material should be provided as a valuable adjunct to a treatment program. At present, there is an extensive body of literature available. In this book, the Krimmels focus on sound basic principles, in a clear and readable format. Sufficient background material is given on cholesterol metabolism and arterial plaque development without overburdening the reader. The authors have emphasized the importance of utilizing simple tools to reach achievable goals with appropriate health care supervision. This book can supplement the patient's basic knowledge while under the care of a physician, and provide a valuable primer on this subject. The recipes can be utilized or modified to suit personal food preferences and to complement dietary information obtained from a physician. The recent guide lines for blood cholesterol-lowering provided by the National Cholesterol Education Program correctly underscore restricted intake of dietary cholesterol, saturated fat, and calories as initial measures to achieve a lowered blood cholesterol level. A diet tailored to suit individual tastes and needs over a long term is essential. The future holds promise for further advances in this field and exciting improvements in therapy-but a prudent diet will remain its cornerstone. The Krimmels have provided an interesting and timely addition to the available literature in this important health area of cardiac risk reduction.
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