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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

  • High-Dose Statins May Ease Macular Degeneration for Some

    THURSDAY, Feb. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) — High doses of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs — medicines such as Lipitor, Crestor and Zocor — may help people with a common eye disease called macular degeneration, a small study suggests. In the early stage clinical trial, a team from Harvard Medical School assessed the effects of statin treatment in [...]

  • Statins Aid Bypass Surgery Recovery, Research Shows

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Jan. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Patients who take statins before and after heart bypass surgery have fewer complications and a reduced risk of dying during and soon after the operation, a new analysis finds. In a review of recent studies on the use of statins (such as Lipitor or Zocor) [...]

  • Statins May Reduce Heart Risks Linked to Sleep Apnea: Study

    By Tara HaelleHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Jan. 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) — A new discovery about the way sleep apnea may raise the risk of heart disease also suggests that taking cholesterol-lowering statin drugs might reduce that risk, according to a new study. Sleep apnea is a common disorder that involves irregular breathing while asleep, with oxygen [...]

  • U.S. Task Force Backs Statins for Those 40 to 75 at Heightened Heart Risk

    By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Dec. 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs should be used to prevent a first heart attack or stroke in certain at-risk patients, according to a draft recommendation released Monday by the nation’s leading experts in preventive medicine. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force said statins can provide maximum preventive benefits [...]

  • U.S. Task Force Stays Neutral on Cholesterol Screening for Kids

    MONDAY, Dec. 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) — There’s not enough evidence to recommend screening all children and teens for high cholesterol, experts say. It’s not clear if such screening up to age 20 reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease in adulthood, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force said in a draft recommendation released Monday. This is [...]

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