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The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute's National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP) Adult Treatment Panel (ATP III) guidelines for cholesterol reduction include the latest information known to date on how to optimally reduce your risk for coronary heart disease.

It is estimated that millions of people are at much greater risk for heart disease than previously realized. This means more and more people will be walking away from their doctor’s office with a cholesterol-lowering drug prescription in hand (it is estimated prescription drug needs will increase from 13 to 36 million). Medications aside, what these new guidelines also so vividly illustrate is the growing epidemic of poor dietary habits, obesity, hypertension, hyperlipidemia and sedentary lifestyles that lead to the number one killer in America today.

Because of this the ATP intensified the use of nutrition, physical activity and weight control in the treatment of elevated cholesterol and titled it the "Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes" (TLC) treatment plan. Even if you come out with a gold star on your cholesterol level and overall risk for coronary heart disease, most of us would surely benefit from implementing these guidelines.

The following table can help you implement the guidelines into practical terms you and your family can enjoy and reap heart-healthy benefits:

Feeding your heart well is a powerful way to reduce your risk for heart and vascular disease.

Your doctor may have prescribed that you start eating a healthy diet, however, knowing what foods fit into a healthy diet can often be difficult and overwhelming.

To get you started, we have listed The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute's National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP) guidelines for cholesterol reduction, called Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes (TLC).

These new guidelines introduce the latest information known to date on how to optimally reduce your risk for coronary heart disease.

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