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Your body needs some cholesterol. But if you have too much—of the wrong kind—it starts to build up in your arteries. Cholesterol is produced naturally by the liver, and also comes from eating certain foods, such as eggs and red meat. Too much of the bad kind, LDL cholesterol, raises your risk of heart disease, stroke, and other conditions. Low levels of the good kind, HDL cholesterol, can have the same effect.

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Cholesterol Is Not Your Enemy

You can keep your cholesterol under control with diet and exercise, or with the right medication. Learn more about how cholesterol works and how you can keep your heart, mind, and body healthy by controlling cholesterol.

Cholesterol News

  • Gut Bugs May Affect Body Fat, ‘Good’ Cholesterol Levels

    By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Sept. 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The size of your waistline may depend to some degree on the specific bacteria dwelling within your gut, new research suggests. The study, of nearly 900 Dutch adults, found that certain gut bacteria might help determine not only body fat levels, but also blood concentrations [...]

  • FDA Approves Second Drug in New Class of Cholesterol-Lowering Medications

    By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Aug. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved a second drug that’s part of a potent new class of medications that sharply cut levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol. Repatha (evolocumab), an injectable drug, works by blocking a protein that interferes with the liver’s ability to [...]

  • Sharp Spike Seen in Statin Use in Elderly Without Heart Disease

    MONDAY, Aug. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) — There has been a sharp rise in the use of cholesterol-lowering statins among elderly patients who do not have heart disease, a new study finds. But there is little research to guide the use of these medicines in this group of patients, the investigators added. In the study, researchers analyzed [...]

  • This Is How Much Longer You Should Stand Each Day to Get Health Benefits

    Sitting too long may be hazardous to your health, even if you exercise regularly, Australian researchers report.

  • Stand, Don’t Sit, to Get Healthier, Scientists Say

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, July 30, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Sitting too long may be hazardous to your health, even if you exercise regularly, Australian researchers report. A new study found that sitting appears to be linked to increased blood sugar and cholesterol levels, which can lead to added weight, diabetes and heart ills. But standing [...]

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