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Cholesterol

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

  • More People Worldwide Eating ‘Healthy’ Fats, Study Finds

    FRIDAY, April 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Levels of healthy fats in people’s diets worldwide increased over the past two decades, while their intake of harmful fats stayed about the same, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed data on consumption of fats and oils in 266 countries between 1990 and 2010. During that time, overall intake [...]

  • New Drug Lowers Cholesterol Beyond What Statins Can Do, Study Finds

    Two studies find that an experimental cholesterol-lowering drug is effective when combined with statins and beats another add-on drug when it comes to helping hard-to-treat patients.

  • Many Kids May Have High Cholesterol, Regardless of Weight

    About one of three Texas kids screened for cholesterol between the ages of 9 and 11 had borderline or high cholesterol, potentially placing them at greater risk for future cardiovascular disease, a new study has found.

  • Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs May Boost a Man’s Sex Life: Study

    By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter SATURDAY, March 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Anti-cholesterol drugs known as statins may help impotent men have stronger erections, a new evidence review suggests. But typical effects appear to be much smaller than those caused by Viagra-like drugs, and it may be barely noticeable to many men, an expert said. Still, the findings — [...]

  • Cholesterol Levels Spike During Winter Months, Study Finds

    By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, March 27, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Here’s something that’s sure to alarm the millions of Americans who have braved the fiercest, longest winter in recent memory: A new study shows that your cholesterol levels fluctuate seasonally and are at their worst during cold winter months. The research, which included 2.8 million adults, [...]

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