Should I be concerned if my HDL good cholesterol level drops?

HDL, or the "good" cholesterol is considered to be beneficial, since HDL helps removes the "bad" LDL cholesterol. Eating healthfully results in a reduction of the "bad" LDL cholesterol, but many times patients also see a reduction in their "good" HDL cholesterol, which can be concerning. Studies show that using drugs to raise HDL...
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Can a Starch-Smart® diet reduce the risk for getting cataracts?

Cataracts are the leading cause of vision loss, so it's no surprise that cataract surgery is one of the most common surgeries performed today. There are several factors associated with the development of cataracts, including what type of diet we eat. Dr. Michael Greger's video clip points to a study that concluded, "Vegetarians and...
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Can a Starch-Smart® Diet help those with multiple sclerosis?

Through the dedicated efforts of Dr. Roy Swank, many patients with multiple sclerosis have stopped the progression of their disease. Dr. Swank's approach involved using a low-fat diet. His research led him to the discovery that saturated animal fat was directly responsible for the frequency and severity of multiple sclerosis attacks. Dr. Swank's patients...
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Is there hope for Multiple Sclerosis patients to improve?

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a dreaded disease that reduces life expectancy and quality of life. Conventional medical wisdom is that there is no cure. The available medications can have adverse effects and not be well tolerated. Many people seek alternative treatments out of a sense of desperation. MS is a neurological disorder caused by...
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What are the benefits and risks of taking statins to lower high cholesterol?

Although statins can benefit those high risk patients with significant history of coronary disease; for the majority of patients, a Starch Smart diet proves to be just as effective at lowering cholesterol. High risk patients that would benefit from statin lowering medications are those that have had a previous heart attack, stroke, or an...
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What should my cholesterol numbers be?

Unfortunately, most physicians today still consider a "normal cholesterol" level to be under 200. The average American's cholesterol is 210-220. However, these levels predict a 50% chance of dying prematurely from strokes or heart attacks due to atherosclerosis and diseased arteries. Heart disease is very rare in patients who have cholesterol levels below 150 and...
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Can I get off of cholesterol medication even though high cholesterol runs in my family?

Although some individuals may have a genetic weakness for high cholesterol and it runs in their family, a Starch-Smart® diet has been shown to be effective in lowering cholesterol to safe and desirable levels. Dietary and lifestyle choices play a remarkable role in influencing the expression of these genes. Genetic weaknesses may be present,...
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Can a Starch-Smart® diet help lower high cholesterol?

Elevated cholesterol, which is one of the risk factors associated with cardiovascular disease, kills over one million people every year. That's the bad news, the good news is that a Starch-Smart® diet can lower high cholesterol just as well or perhaps better than using statin medications. Dropping cholesterol levels can be seen in as little...
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