I’m so excited to finally be able to share that my first publication of 2020, and third book overall, will be a Cholesterol Lowering Cook Book.
Before we get into the nitty gritty of book #3, I want to first acknowledge each and every one of you all for your support thus far.
My first two books combined have sold nearly 12,000 copies and I could not have done it without you.
With that being said, it’s time start the marketing campaign for my Cholesterol Lowering Cook Book For Two.
As with my previous publications, this literary masterpiece is divided into two parts.
Part I: A review of the science behind high levels of “bad” cholesterol, why it matters and what you can do it about from a diet & nutrition perspective
Part II: 100 delicious recipes that bring that science to life and help you reduce your blood cholesterol levels in an easy, practical and mouth watering way – for two.
In the weeks to come you can expect sneak peeks into some of the recipes found within the book and a number of blog posts that discuss important topics in the world of cholesterol.
My mission is simple – I’m out to convince you that my book is a worthwhile purchase, either for yourself or someone you care about.
Let’s start exploring exactly why that is ( besides the fact I’m an awesome author, as that goes without saying)
High LDL or “Bad” Cholesterol Levels: More Common Than You Think
According to CDC statistics, nearly 1 in 3 Americans over the age of 20 have LDL cholesterol above the recommended levels.
In this age group there are ~50% more people with high blood cholesterol than high blood pressure.
Many have both.
On some level the fact they report cholesterol statistics starting at age 20 speaks volumes about the potential demographic shift downwards and the harsh reality that these elevated numbers, which are one of the primary risk factors for cardiovascular disease, are popping up earlier and earlier in North America.
When I took a closer look at the Canadian Statistics, I found that approximately 30% of all cases of high cholesterol happen in people under the age of 40.
If you were previously of the mind that high cholesterol is an issue that becomes relevant only at age 50+, the latest data implores you to reconsider.
Cholesterol Medication Is Frequently Prescribed
Elevated LDL cholesterol levels are generally managed through one or both of dietary modification and pharmaceuticals.
My book clearly helps with the former!
For many, the thought of requiring medication [especially at a young age] is highly unappealing even though it can be both wise and necessary in the certain contexts.
Even so, there is something startling about the fact that two of the top five most prescribed medications in the United States are cholesterol lowering medications.
They go by the name of Simastatin & Atrovastatin and are part of a family of oft prescribed pharmaceuticals known as “statins”.
Statins work by inhibiting an enzyme known as HMG-CoA reductase which plays a role in the biochemical pathway of cholesterol production, thereby limiting cholesterol production and reducing blood cholesterol levels.
More To Come
This is just a taste of the cholesterol-inspired content to be featured in the weeks to come as I continue to promote my new book.
In my next article, I’m going to introduce some of they key foods & food components responsible for cholesterol lowering and teach you the biochemical mechanism of action that allows them to lower cholesterol levels in in the blood stream.
I will also explore hot topics in cholesterol discourse including whether or not cholesterol from food ( ie: eggs) actually plays a role in modifying your blood cholesterol levels.
Whether you’re a dietitian, nutrition student or not from a nutrition background at all I’m sure you will this content informative.
Until then I urge you to sit tight, keep your eyes peeled for new content and head over to Amazon.com and pre-order!
Until next time,
Andy De Santis RD MPH
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