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"the authors...know their stuff...the book is a fairly painless way to learn more about subjects you might rather avoid." (Chicago Tribune, December 1, 2002)

From the Back Cover

"Must reading for everyone who plans to live a long and healthy life."
—Barbara Seaman, Health Watch columnist

Features strategies to achieve and maintain healthy cholesterol levels

Discover how easy it is to manage your cholesterol and improve your health

Need to get your cholesterol in check? This easy-to-follow guide is packed with effective solutions for controlling cholesterol levels, from following a low-fat diet to choosing an exercise regimen. You’ll discover the difference between "good" and "bad" cholesterol, how to rate your risk of heart disease, and ways to cut cholesterol through prescription medications, vitamins, and supplements.

The Dummies Way

  • Explanations in plain English
  • "Get in, get out" information
  • Icons and other navigational aids
  • Tear-out cheat sheet
  • Top ten lists
  • A dash of humor and fun
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (September 19, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764554409
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764554407
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,379,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It's an easy read and very informative.
Esther
This book helped me learn about the cholesterol medicines you can take for cholesterol problems.
Paula Martinez
I defintely reccomend this for anyone wanting or needing to control their cholesterol.
Daniel Meyer

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As with many of the "For Dummies" series, Controlling Cholesterol is a well-executed overview of many issues relevant to cholesterol. Author Carol Rinzler's light and humorous discussion ranges from a concise description of what cholesterol is, to many of the different approaches to lowering cholesterol and why "target" values for cholesterol can differ in different people. There's an especially helpful discussion on the effects of various popular diets like Atkins', Sugar Busters, and Protein Power -- pluses and minuses of each.

"Ten Cholesterol Myths" in Chapter 16 is a great discussion that can help clear up much of the murkiness surrounding cholesterol issues and can help answer many of the questions that I am asked when treating cholesterol in my patients (in my cardiology practice).

One criticism: Like all books about cholesterol, Controlling Cholesterol for Dummies gives the reader the impression that high cholesterol is the only way to identify risk for heart disease, as well as a means of diminishing risk of heart attack. This is patently untrue, but not really a criticism of this book as it is of the standard thinking on cholesterol. There are better ways! Nonetheless, this book does serve its intended purpose very well: educate the reader thoroughly on the conventional understanding of cholesterol.
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Beth L. on January 15, 2006
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This is a fantastic book for learning all about the cholestrol which is the reason why I bought it. However, after I read it, I was pleasantly surprised to find this book to be better than most popular "diet" books out there. It's straight forward (with humor!), contains lots of informative facts, many handy references (web sites, phone numbers, statistics etc.,), considerate of the reader and not out to please any interest groups (i.e., honest). What more can you ask for! This book is well worth your money.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Meyer on March 22, 2010
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I was told by my Dr. to either use diet or pills to control my cholesterol. This book clearly dicusses everything I needed to know about both options, or maybe a combination of both. It is easy to read and understand (and even has a little humor tossed in). I defintely reccomend this for anyone wanting or needing to control their cholesterol.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Blaine Greenfield on October 23, 2008
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When my cholesterol levels went sky high, I started a proactive
approach to do all that I could to lower them . . . one thing I've
been doing is to read all I can about the subject, including
CONTROLLING CHOLESTEROL FOR DUMMIES (2nd ed.)
by Carol Ann Rinzler.

This informative guide contained all the information I wanted
to know about the subject--and then some . . . I could have done
without some of the material that was surprisingly technical, and
53 pages at the end about calories and other nutrients in food
were about 52 too many for me.

Yet that's not to say that much else of the rest of the information
made it a most worthwhile book for me to have read . . . I learned,
for instance, about something called BMI or body mass index:

* BMI is a unisex measure of weight relative to height, a number--such
as 24--that serves as a predictor of your risk for weight-related
illnesses, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease,
stroke, gallbladder disease, and arthritic pain. The higher your
number, the higher your risk . . .

The equation looks like this:

BMI = (weight in pounds/height in inches x height in inches) x 705

To get your own BMI, plug your numbers into the BMI equation.
For example, if you're 5' 3" tall and weight 138 pounds, the result
is 24.5.

Its significance lies in the fact that after you do the computation,
you can effectively use it to view the various categories of BMI
(and what they mean):

Underweight: BMI lower than 18.5.

Normal: BMI of 25 to 29.9 (A moderate risk of weight-related
health problems.)

Overweight: BMI of 25 to 29.9.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By C. Kelley on November 10, 2006
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This book is full of helpfull information. It is fairly uptodate concidering they keep lowering the recommended cholesterol levels every year. Its not to hard ro read. The terms and explanations are easly understood.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kathy Edens on September 29, 2012
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This book has a lot of information and I learned some things I never knew. For one thing there are some vegetables that actually raise triglycerides...which is what I'm actually more interested in than choesterol.I did find a couple of items tht conflicted with other information I've gotten from my doctor and other readings. For one thing, it says that someone with triglycerides should use oils that have polyunsaturated fats where others have said to use monounsaturated fats. Along the same line, this book says olive oil is high in monounsaturated fats and corn oil is polyunsaturated, however, other places say olive oil is poly and corn oil is poly. A little further reasearch is necessary.

Otherwise it is an easy read with a lot of information, although perhaps too much chemistry for my understanding.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on September 23, 2009
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This book would be good for someone who knows nothing about cholesterol. It goes into great length to explain the physical side. I mainly wanted to know which foods to eat or not eat and some lo-cholesterol recipes. Not there.
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