Hardly limited to being in the news this week, cholesterol and the role it plays in heart disease has emerged again. Science, while seeking to describe and dissect the pros and cons of LDL and HDL, has yet to produce a truly definitive answer to the many uncertainties regarding cholesterol. Yet, in the midst of this seemingly uncertain topic, research has provided a whole host of recommendations and definitive lifestyle changes that do lead to lower blood cholesterol, reduced risk of heart disease, and, the true goal, better overall wellness. The sites selected here not only introduce recent media coverage of the topic but this In the News issue pulls back and offers sites with good general information and suggestions about cholesterol and trans fats as well as offering some heart healthy recipes and exercise ideas.
The first link leads to a recent _New York Times_ article by Gina Kolata which offers a look at new research into the true benefits of "good cholesterol" or HDL. The article cites two recent studies that question how much HDL is good and whether, indeed, it is always a good thing. (Remember: Most NY Times articles are free to registered users, which is also free, but you may be asked to sign up if you haven't yet done so). The second link leads to a recent NPR feature by Richard Knox which examines how a significant lowering of cholesterol affects those with risk of heart disease. Third, traditionally a disease of adults, high cholesterol and heart disease often begins with eating and exercise habits adopted as a child. In fact, heart disease problems can even manifest themselves then, too. This CBS story on Children and Heart Disease offers a brief look at the topic. The fourth site from the NIH Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute is a great primer to the topic of high blood cholesterol, breaking down the language it offers information about causes, symptoms, and treatments. The fifth site, from University of Maryland, says it all with it's title: Trans Fats 101. The site offers a great introduction to the issue of trans fats and their relationship to cholesterol. A great addition to the site is the page on daily menu ideas. While not detailed, it offers good ideas. Also providing helpful ideas is the sixth site from the American College of Sports Medicine. This great site offers detailed information about active aging and how to bring fitness into your everyday life. Finally, if you're looking for tangible eating advice, check out Dr. Zorba Paster's Hearth Healthy Recipes. Zorba, a family physician in Madison, Wisconsin, blends knowledge of eastern and western medicine as part of a weekly call-in show on Wisconsin Public Radio and syndicated nationally. Each week, several recipes are offered -- some of which are catalogued at this site. Included currently are minted turkey meatballs with pine nuts and winter harvest pork tenderloin.