US Adults Are Concerned About Heart Disease But May Not Be Managing Their Risk

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Since 1900, heart disease has been the number one killer in the U.S. -- claiming one life every 35 seconds. Although Americans are concerned about heart disease, a new survey conducted by Harris Interactive and commissioned by Nature Made(R), confirms they may not be appropriately managing their risk. In fact, the survey found nearly half of all respondents did not know their current cholesterol levels and 20 percent have never had them checked. High cholesterol is a major risk factor for heart disease. Despite these concerning statistics, experts suggest the road to better heart health is easier traveled than most people think.

"Studies show simple lifestyle changes and paying attention to the heart disease risk factors we can control may help Americans live longer, healthier lives," said Joseph Keenan, M.D., cardiology researcher and professor emeritus, University of Minnesota. He offers the following tips to manage the risk factors within our control:

-- Stop Smoking: The World Health Organization reports that one year after quitting, the risk of heart disease decreases by 50 percent.

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-- Stay Fit: Studies show that even moderately intense activities like walking may help reduce the risk of heart disease.

-- Eat Colorfully: Colorful fruits and vegetables provide key nutrients and are good sources of fiber.

-- Supplement: Government data shows most people don't eat a nutritious meal three times a day. To bridge the gap, try a science-based supplement like fish oil to support heart health. Supportive but not conclusive research shows that consumption of EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids, which are found in fish oil may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.

"For some who have high cholesterol due to genetics, following these tips may not be enough," said Dr. Keenan. "For these situations, I often recommend a natural ingredient called Pantesin(TM) that helps reduce cholesterol production in the liver. Pantesin can be found in new CholestOff Complete, a nutritional supplement from Nature Made."

CholestOff Complete also contains plant sterols and stanols, plant-derived ingredients studied since the 1950's that are clinically proven to reduce cholesterol absorption from food. These ingredients are found in nuts and vegetables but in limited amounts. CholestOff Complete provides 900 mg of plant sterols and stanols per serving for optimal heart health benefits.

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