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Studies show that people who have a dog exercise more and spend more time outside, when compared with those who don’t, says Kazi. This is true simply because people have to walk their dogs and care for them. Both the exercise and the outdoor time can bring benefits, such as lowering blood pressure and cholesterol and improving heart rate.

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While coffee can be a good-for-you option, that changes if you add the wrong things. There's a big difference between a cup of coffee served black and a fancy concoction that contains a liberal pour of sugary syrup or heavy cream, or copious amounts of sugar.

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Bad news if you love your French press, or if you're a fan of Turkish or Scandinavian boiled coffee: Unfiltered brews contain a compound called cafestol that can raise your "bad" LDL cholesterol levels, says van Dam. Cafestol is also found in smaller but still noteworthy amounts in espresso, as well as in coffee made in a moka pot.

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Many of us have been told that egg whites are the healthier breakfast option and that egg yolks increase cholesterol, but the American Heart A…

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One cup of fresh or frozen blackberries provides about 60 calories, along with nearly 8 grams of fiber. That’s about a third of the amount of fiber you should aim to eat in a day. All that fiber can help increase satiety, curb cholesterol, support weight loss and regulate blood sugar and insulin levels. It may also boost your digestive health: blackberries are prebiotics, which means they feed the friendly bacteria in your gut that have been tied to immunity, mood and anti-inflammatory benefits.

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Q: My cholesterol level has remained about the same for many years. But now my doctor suggests that I start taking a statin drug. What's changed? A: There are two major reasons why your doctor could now be recommending a statin -- the cholesterol guidelines continue to evolve and/or you have developed other heart disease risk factors, such as Type 2 diabetes or hypertension. In the past, the ...

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It's loaded with catechins, a family of antioxidants that have been shown to reduce LDL cholesterol and overall cholesterol concentration.

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The chewy whole grain is another great way to get your fill of beta glucan, the soluble fiber that can lower your LDL cholesterol.

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These juicy little fruits pack a one-two punch for heart health. They contain antioxidant compounds and the heart-healthy fiber pectin, which help bring HDL cholesterol up and LDL cholesterol down.

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Nope, your eyes aren't tricking you. Both cocoa and dark chocolate contain compounds that can lower bad cholesterol and help you get to a healthier total cholesterol level overall.

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According to a recent review of 46 studies, eating about 25 grams of soy protein per day can lower LDL cholesterol levels by 3 to 4%.

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You already knew kale was a superfood, but here's one more reason it's worth adding to your shopping list: Dark leafies can bind to bile acids, which could help your body flush out more bad cholesterol (and get your HDL-to-LDL ratio in a healthier place).

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An apple a day... you know the rest. But hey, it just might be true! The crunchy fruit is a top source of pectin, which can lower LDL cholesterol to improve your LDL-to-HDL ratio.

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Like avocado and olive oil, almonds (and other nuts) are a good source of heart-healthy monounsaturated fats that can improve your total cholesterol ratio.

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Consider using it as your go-to for cooking. Olive oil is packed with heart-healthy monounsaturated fats.

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The fruit serves up plenty of monounsaturated fats and fiber, both of which are keys for keeping your cholesterol levels healthy.

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Nuts like walnuts are a good source of polyunsaturated fats — heart-healthy fats that play a key role in improving your total cholesterol ratio. And if you're not a fan of fish, good news: Walnuts offer omega-3 fatty acids too.

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Oats are loaded with soluble fiber, which can help keep bad cholesterol from being absorbed into your bloodstream. Even better? Some of that soluble fiber comes in the form of beta glucan, a type of fiber tied to lower LDL cholesterol.

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Lentils and black beans and chickpeas — oh, my! Beans and legumes are another great source of cholesterol-friendly soluble fiber.

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I'm sure you've read something like this: "Eat this food, not that food... more of this, less of that... eat your food in this particular order, at this time of day and on this day of the week..." It's a confusing and exhausting set of mixed messages. All the conflicting information out there about nutrition can make it...

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