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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

  • Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs May Help After Certain Strokes

    By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Sept. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) — People using cholesterol-lowering drugs while in the hospital for a hemorrhagic stroke — which causes bleeding in the brain — were more than four times more likely to survive than people who weren’t taking the drugs, according to a new study. People taking the commonly used [...]

  • Older Patients More Likely to Fill Prescriptions for Generic Statins: Study

    By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Sept. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Patients prescribed cholesterol-lowering drugs are more likely to fill their prescriptions and gain health benefits if the medications are cheaper generic brands, new research suggests. At issue are the cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins. Well-known brands include Crestor, Zocor and Lipitor. Generic statins are also available. [...]

  • Statins May Help Prevent Diabetes-Related Nerve Damage, Study Finds

    TUESDAY, Sept. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Cholesterol-busting statins may also help prevent common and serious diabetes complications, a new study indicates. Although the drugs are known to lower the risk for heart attack and stroke among those with type 2 diabetes, Danish researchers report statins may also help protect against diabetes-related damage to small blood [...]

  • Statins May Help Kids With Genetic Cholesterol Disorder

    TUESDAY, Sept. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs seem to help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease in children who have a genetic cholesterol disorder, according to a long-term European study. Researchers looked at 194 children and teens in the Netherlands with familial hypercholesterolemia, which puts people at risk for premature hardening of the [...]

  • Diet, Exercise Counseling Urged for Overweight Americans With Heart Risks

    By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Aug. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Overweight Americans with risk factors for heart disease should be offered “intensive” counseling on diet and exercise, according to new guidelines released this week. The recommendations come from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, an independent panel that reviews medical research and makes recommendations on preventive [...]

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