Dr. Oz's Cholesterol Guide

While you can’t change your genetics, there are safe and effective ways to bring down high cholesterol. Learn how!

Dr. Oz's Cholesterol Guide

If you have high cholesterol, you are no doubt looking for a safe and effective way to bring it down. While you can’t change your genetics, your doctor can prescribe medications that may help lower it – and you can align your diet and lifestyle to support better cardiovascular health as a more proactive and preventive approach. Learn to control your cholesterol the healthy way!

Understand Good Cholesterol

HDL, or good cholesterol, assists in removing LDL cholesterol, or bad cholesterol, from the arterial walls and returning it to the liver to be broken down. Dr. Oz recommends that HDL cholesterol be at least 50 mg/dl, but the higher the HDL cholesterol level, the better.

Think you know cholesterol? Test yourself!

Q: I end up overeating because it makes me feel better and I never really get full. I'd like to lose weight but this makes it hard. Any suggestions?

A: Being persistently hungry can cause big trouble. So can overeating for comfort/pleasure. These two behaviors, say researchers from Baylor University's Children's Nutrition Research Center, are controlled deep within your brain by serotonin-producing neurons, but operate separately from each other — one in the hypothalamus, the other in the midbrain. They both can, however, end up fueling poor nutritional choices and obesity.

Eating for Hunger

When hunger is your motive for eating, the question is: "Does your body know when you've had enough?" Well, if you are overweight, obese or have diabetes you may develop leptin resistance and your "I am full" hormone, leptin, can't do its job. The hormone's signal to your hypothalamus is dampened, and you keep eating.

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