From Publishers Weekly
Cooper (Aerobics, etc.) directs a fitness center in Dallas, and this authoritative, no-nonsense, first volume in his projected "Preventive Medicine Program" series may motivate underexercised, overstressed readers to change their lifestyles. Cooper is blunt about the risks of smoking and obesity, and presents considerable evidence that diet and lifestyle changes, which lower total cholesterol levels and control the various fats in the blood, can help protect individuals from heart disease. There is an admirably lucid explanation of the significance of low- and high-density lipoproteins and total cholesterol levels; an entire chapter is devoted to Q & A's on cholesterol tests; and comprehensible charts calculate cardiovascular disease risk. Cooper sorts out the mountains of often contradictory information on what's helpful and harmful, presenting up-to-date research findings and their practical implications. As a basic preventive prescription, Cooper advocates a "relatively moderate but disciplined approach to diet and exercise," which he demonstrates in a short section on aerobics and in two weeks' worth of cholesterol-controlling menus. Illustrations not seen by PW. Author tour.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
Cooper has produced a highly readable explanation of cholesterol hazards for those interested in reducing blood cholesterol and risk of cardiovascular disease. He includes diet, exercise regimens, recipes, and food-content tables and provides brief treatment of lipoproteins, triglycerides, fiber, monounsaturates, smoking, cancer, and alcohol. Cooper permits special preparation of Cajun, Hawaiian, and Mexican foods, but does not mention Lovastatin (the new cholesterol drug), and the cholesterol risk levels are outdated. But overall, the book is well-arranged and provides good coverage for a lay audience. Rose Eriksen, Los Angeles Cty. Lib., Carson, Cal.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.