Glossary of Medical Terms

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A diet containing minimal amounts of fat.Diets containing low amounts of thick and cholesterol are designed to reduce the risk of heart malady and, in some cases, cancer. Dozens of such diets have been promulgated, both by medical and lay advisors. Their popularity can be attributed in part to clinical research that have, since the 1980s, revealed, on the one arm, the hazards of eating high-fat, high-cholesterol foods and, on the another, the benefits of ingesting smaller saturated thick and LDL (low density lipoprotein) cholesterol. Although coronary deaths have been reduced by roughly 30% since 1970, the aim of health officials is to further reduce heart onslaught rates. The average cholesterol level among adult Americans has fallen from 213 to 205 mg/dl since 1978. However, the National Cholesterol Education Program recommends that individuals sustain a total cholesterol level of no more than 200 mg/dl, with LDL at smaller than 130 mg/dl and HDL (high density lipoprotein) near 60 mg/dl. About one-half of American adults exceed those recommendations. Low-fat, low-cholesterol diets are wealthy in intact grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, and legumes, and limit or exclude consumption of processed oils, dairy commodity, nuts and seeds, and meats. See atherosclerosis, free radicals.
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