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Volunteering may help lower cholesterol levels
Date: 2013-02-26 23:20:02

Lowering cholesterol can be difficult, since it involves changing eating habits, taking medication and getting more exercise, not to mention the significant role genetics play in high cholesterol risk. However, recent research suggests that something that is good for the soul and the community may also benefit cholesterol levels. According to scientists from the University of British Columbia, people who volunteer not only feel good about themselves, they may also see more positive results the next time they go in for cholesterol tests.

The researchers set out to determine how volunteering not only affects the self esteem of adolescents, but their physical health as well.

Good for the mind and body ... Full Story

Want to get healthier? Consider eating more avocado
Date: 2013-02-22 15:09:17

Lowering cholesterol levels and following a heart-healthy lifestyle aren't always easy, which is why people should regularly get blood tests to help make sure they are on the the right path. However, sometimes boosting wellness can be as simple as adding one particular food to your diet. For example, researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently determined that people who consume avocados are healthier than those who do not.

Researchers analyzed data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey to come to their conclusions. According to their findings, adding avocados to a diet could be a simple way for people to get more nutrients into their diet while simultaneously helping to lower their weight and increase the amount of "good" cholesterol in their body.

Time for more avocado... Full Story

Exercise doesn't have to be vigorous to be effective
Date: 2013-02-14 16:54:07

Obese individuals have a higher risk than those with healthier weights to develop heart disease and high cholesterol. This is why people who are obese should regularly get blood tests to help determine if they are on their way to developing any adverse health conditions. While overweight individuals likely know that they need to exercise regularly in order to shed pounds and improve insulin sensitivity and cholesterol levels, not everyone has the motivation to workout.

It can particular be difficult for people to participate in a high-intensity workout regimen if it's been a long time since they last hit the gym. However, according to a recent study conducted by researchers from Maastricht University in the Netherlands, a low-intensity exercise program can be even more effective than a strenuous one.

Walk your way to healthier levels... Full Story

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