Although aimed at one specific health problem, this in effect presents a guide to healthier living through nutritional, exercise, and lifestyle adjustments. Cooper has covered similar ground before, in his aerobics-centered guides (The Aerobics Program for Total Well-Being, for one); here, he updates his material and addresses current findings. Cooper first explains the current understanding of cholesterol, and why it sometimes becomes a problem--all in heavy-handed metaphor: the liver, ""the powerful shipbuilder and shipping magnate""; very low-density lipoprotein, ""A supply ship which is built in the liver and which travels through the bloodstream. . .carries a kind of destructive 'Trojan Horse.'"" Cooper goes on in clearer terms to describe how to improve diet (recipe section included), looks at alcohol and smoking habits, covers exercise considerations, and then examines such specific issues as aging and gender differences. Cooper is a respected source, and while none of this is startling news, it is sound advice reiterated.