6 Foods to lower your cholesterol

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PHOENIX – According to a recent article in Journal of the American Medical Association, research suggests certain food might be beneficial when it comes to lowering cholesterol. That’s good news for a number of reasons, not the least of which are results of a new study that show cutting cholesterol can help fight Alzheimer’s disease.

Dr. Art Mollen stopped by to discuss all of this with Kaley O’Kelley.

“Most people don’t really know what their cholesterol is, but they should know,” Mollen said. “You should try to get your cholesterol level below 200.”

Taking it even further, Mollen said your LDL, your bad cholesterol, should be below 70. You HDL, your good cholesterol, should be at least 50, but higher is better.

Not only will controlling your cholesterol cut your chances of developing cardiovascular disease and reduce your risk of stroke, that new study shows it will reduce the chances of developing Alzheimer’s disease, too.

According to the FDA, there are a variety of foods that can have positive effects on cholesterol levels. Those foods include walnuts, oatmeal, broccoli, edamame, beans and apples, among others.

“All of these foods are good, but they certainly don’t give you a few pass to basically go out and eat lots of fatty foods …,” Mollen said. “The recent article in the Journal if the American Medical Association actually suggested that by eating these types of foods, you could lower your cholesterol almost as much as many of the medications.”

Not only does that have an impact on your health, it could also have positive effect on your bank account as groceries can be cheaper than prescription drugs.

Exercise also is beneficial when it comes to lowering cholesterol, which means it could be the perfect time to sign up for the 3TV Phoenix 10K coming up on Nov. 6. The race starts at Cityscape in downtown Phoenix and the course takes walkers and runners down Central Avenue.

Dr. Mollen’s practice is located at 16100 N. 71st St. in Scottsdale. For more information, call 480-656-0016 or visit  www.drartmollen.com.