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Silent diseases, those that have no symptoms or are difficult to detect, are very dangerous. One of them is cholesterol.

Cholesterol is a fat found in all cells of the body. It is essential for us, because it is used for produce hormones, vitamin D and substances that help digest food.

The problem appears when we have excess cholesterol in the bloodusually due to causes such as poor diet, obesity, sedentary lifestyle, etc.

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This high cholesterol, being fatty, clogs the arteries, forcing the heart to work harder. May cause heart attack, angina and other heart diseases.

There are different types of cholesterol. the LDL, or low-density lipoproteins, are what stick to arteries and blood vessels, blocking the flow of blood. This is why they are colloquially called bad cholesterol.

On the other hand the HDLor high density lipoprotein, is the good cholesterol because it separates cholesterol from the blood and returns it to the liver.

to exist many known methods for lowering bad cholesterol. From taking medication prescribed by the doctor, to consume grains, nuts, and vegetables high in soluble fiberwhich help to expel cholesterol.

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Harvard Medical School, via Business Insider, conducted a study of 100 people to determine the most effective way to lower cholesterol without taking medication.

The conclusion is simple: this method consists of… take legumes every day. It is not a question of eating a good dish of lentils every day, since with half a cup of legumes a day is enough.

On this diet for 3 months, study subjects showed a significant decrease in cholesterol, blood sugar, body weight (2.7 kilograms) and waist circumference.

If you have high cholesterol or want to prevent it, eat half a cup of legumes a day (cooked, of course), and you’ll not only lower cholesterol, but also lower blood sugar, and even a few pounds.