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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

  • Prescription Drug Use on the Rise in U.S.

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Nov. 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) — More Americans than ever are taking prescription drugs and they’re using more of them, a new study finds. Fifty-nine percent of adults used prescription drugs in 2011-2012, up from 51 percent in 1999-2000. And 15 percent of them took five or more prescription drugs, an [...]

  • Statins May Dampen Protective Powers of Flu Vaccines

    By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Oct. 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Two new studies raise the possibility that the popular cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins may blunt the effectiveness of flu vaccines in seniors. But experts caution that more research is needed to better understand the issue, and that older people shouldn’t throw away their statins just [...]

  • No Need to Stop Taking Statins Before Surgery, Study Finds

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Oct. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Stopping cholesterol-lowering statins before non-cardiac surgery is unnecessary and may increase the risk of death following the operation, researchers report. In their study, doctors from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), found that although the practice of stopping statins before an operation is no [...]

  • Study Sees Link Between High Cholesterol and Tendon Trouble

    FRIDAY, Oct. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) — High cholesterol levels may increase your risk of tendon problems and pain, a new study suggests. Tendons are the tough fibers connecting the body’s muscles and bones. The researchers suspect cholesterol buildup in immune cells can lead to chronic low-level inflammation, prompting tendon abnormalities and pain. They analyzed 17 studies [...]

  • Gut Bugs May Affect Body Fat, ‘Good’ Cholesterol Levels

    By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Sept. 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The size of your waistline may depend to some degree on the specific bacteria dwelling within your gut, new research suggests. The study, of nearly 900 Dutch adults, found that certain gut bacteria might help determine not only body fat levels, but also blood concentrations [...]

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