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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

  • No Change in Heart Attack Rates for Younger U.S. Adults

    By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, July 21, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Despite recent advances in preventing heart attacks among U.S. seniors, those gains don’t seem to have occurred among middle-aged adults — especially women, a new study reports. Heart attack hospitalization rates among young and middle-aged adults have remained stable during the previous decade, even as seniors [...]

  • Exercise May Help Counter Health Risks of Sedentary Lifestyle

    THURSDAY, July 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Being a couch potato may have fewer long-term health consequences if you trade some of your couch time for gym time, suggests a new study. The research found that people who were more fit were able to counter some of the ill health effects of a sedentary lifestyle, such [...]

  • Niacin Doesn’t Reduce Heart Problems, May Create Some, Research Finds

    By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 16, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Niacin, a commonly used cholesterol treatment, doesn’t reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke in people with hardened arteries. What’s more, the drug appears to have dangerous side effects, including a potential increased risk of death, according to new research. A large-scale clinical trial found [...]

  • People With Heart Disease, Diabetes May Be More Likely to Stay on Statins

    MONDAY, June 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) — People who have heart disease or diabetes, the overweight or obese and former smokers are most likely to keep taking cholesterol-lowering statins, a new study finds. Previous research has shown that as many 46 percent of patients who are prescribed statins stop taking them. Nearly one in 10 [...]

  • Low Cholesterol Levels May Spell Trouble for Kidney Cancer Patients

    THURSDAY, June 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Low cholesterol levels may increase kidney cancer patients’ risk of death, a new study suggests. The findings indicate that cholesterol testing may help guide treatment for kidney cancer patients, the study authors said. They analyzed cholesterol levels in 867 kidney cancer patients before they had surgery for their cancer and [...]

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