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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 Drugs May Lower Stroke Risk for Healthy Older Adults

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Healthy older adults who take cholesterol-lowering drugs may be cutting their risk of stroke, a new French study suggests. The study found that when people took medications called statins or fibrates, their risk of stroke over almost a decade went down by about one-third. But, lead [...]

  • Staying Fit May Delay Onset of High Cholesterol, Study Finds

    By Carrie MyersHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, May 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Men who keep fit may find they delay normal age-related increases in blood cholesterol levels by up to 15 years, a new study suggests. It is common for cholesterol levels to rise with age and then decrease later in life, the study authors explained in background [...]

  • Americans’ Blood Triglyceride Levels Dropping: CDC

    By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, May 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Americans’ levels of triglycerides — a type of fat in the blood — have dropped significantly in the past decade, according to a new federal study. Factors that may lower triglyceride levels include quitting smoking, weight loss, use of cholesterol-lowering drugs (such as statins) and [...]

  • Statins May Slow Prostate Cancer Progression: Study

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, May 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Statins, widely used to lower cholesterol levels, may also slow the progression of prostate cancer in patients receiving hormone therapy, a new study suggests. Among 926 men undergoing hormone therapy for advanced prostate therapy, those taking statins saw significant benefits, researchers said. Their cancer remained stable [...]

  • Can Statins Help Lower Lung Cancer Death Risk?

    By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, May 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Taking the cholesterol-lowering medications known as statins for a year before getting a diagnosis of lung cancer was associated with a 12 percent lower risk of dying from that cancer, new research suggests. The researchers from Northern Ireland also found indications that those who had a [...]

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