Controlling Cholesterol

Kenneth H. Cooper, founder of the Cooper Clinic and director of the Aerobics Center in Dallas, begins a proposed five-book health-care series with an in-depth look at cholesterol and the consequences of its excessive presence in the bloodstream-- atherosclerosis. After providing a concise explanation of the generation and function of cholesterol, Cooper formulates a plan that recommends, first, a thorough blood test and a careful analysis of the types and proportions of fat found. He then presents a program that aims to alter the amount of harmful fats through diet, exercise, and, in cases requiring it, drug therapy.

Citing case studies and current research, Cooper explores the link between cholesterol and inherited conditions, alcohol and coffee consumption, stress, obesity, age, gender differences, and cancer. He summarizes the most recent studies showing the benefits of olive oil and oat products and such highly effective new drugs as Lovastatin. Cooper’s positive though guarded conclusion is that the incidence of heart disease can generally be reduced through life-style changes that alter the level of fats in the blood.

The practical presentation of information in this book allows readers to rank themselves according to age-and-gender profile charts, determine their need for adaptation, follow easy recipes and complete diet plans, and monitor their exercise program over a variety of activities. The research cited is extensive despite some of its tentative conclusions, indicating Cooper’s apparent desire to offer as much relevant information as necessary to help readers develop an effective program for their individual needs. CONTROLLING CHOLESTEROL is a concise, well-written, thorough, and well-organized collection of facts, findings, and advice on a serious topic that affects the lives of millions of people each year.