Your body needs some cholesterol. But if you have too muchof the wrong kindit 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.
Cholesterol Is Not Your EnemyYou 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.
By Mary Brophy MarcusHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Feb. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A new analysis suggests that people at high risk for heart disease who can’t take high-dose statin drugs to lower their cholesterol might benefit from a treatment combination that includes taking a low-dose statin. Scientists at Johns Hopkins reviewed published research to compare the benefits [...]
Yet another study finds that eating a Mediterranean-style diet rich in fish, nuts, vegetables and fruits is good for your heart, your weight and your overall health.
FRIDAY, Jan. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Statins may help prevent delirium in critically ill patients who were taking the cholesterol-lowering drugs before they were admitted to hospital, a new study suggests. This beneficial effect may be due to the anti-inflammatory effects of statins, said lead author Valerie Page, of the Watford General Hospital in Watford, [...]
By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Jan. 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Packaging defects have prompted a recall of a combination cholesterol drug called Liptruzet, produced by Merck & Co., temporarily affecting the entire U.S. stock. Merck said the foil pouches holding Liptruzet pills could allow air and moisture inside, potentially decreasing the drug’s effectiveness. The recall covers all [...]
By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Nov. 18 (HealthDay News) — Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs do not appear to raise the risk of memory loss or dementia, a new review finds. “In February 2012, largely based on anecdotal reports, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a safety statement warning patients of possible adverse mental effects associated with statin [...]