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 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 [...]
TUESDAY, Aug. 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The benefits of long-term use of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs greatly outweigh the risks, according to a review of research published over 20 years. Some experts fear that statins may be overused, but these new findings could offer reassurance to the more than 200 million people worldwide who take the [...]
By Kathleen DohenyHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Aug. 4, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Statins, the widely used cholesterol-lowering drugs, may also boost colorectal cancer survival, according to a new U.K. study. Early research has found that, overall, colon cancer patients who took statins such as Lipitor and Zocor had a 29 percent lower risk of dying from the cancer [...]
THURSDAY, July 31, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Recovery time after surgery may be reduced for patients taking the cholesterol-lowering medications known as statins, according to a new study. The study’s Irish researchers suspect that the drugs may affect the body’s inflammatory response, reducing the amount of time surgical patients’ wounds need to heal. And that seemed [...]
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 [...]