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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

  • Progress Still Needed on ‘Race Gap’ in Older Americans’ Health

    By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Dec. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Older blacks are still faring worse than whites in the United States when it comes to managing heart disease and diabetes, a new study finds. Researchers found that from 2006 to 2011, black Medicare patients were consistently less likely than whites to have their high blood [...]

  • Daily Statin Might Raise Your Risk for Cataracts: Study

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Dec. 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Taking a statin to lower your cholesterol may raise your risk of developing cataracts, Canadian researchers report. While statins such as Zocor, Crestor and Lipitor protect many people from heart attack and stroke, they may raise the odds of developing the vision problem by 27 percent, [...]

  • Statins Won’t Help Protect Bones, Study Finds

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Dec. 1, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins have been touted by some as capable of reducing the risk for broken bones. But, it appears that’s not the case, a new study finds. In the study, almost 18,000 older adults were selected to take either the statin Crestor [...]

  • Most Seniors Could Use Statins Under New Guidelines

    MONDAY, Nov. 24, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Most older Americans qualify for treatment with cholesterol-lowering statins under new guidelines intended to reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke, a new study shows. Guidelines for the treatment of blood cholesterol released late last year by the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association target [...]

  • Experimental Cholesterol-Lowering Drug Effective, Study Reports

    By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Nov. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) — An experimental antibody drug could prove effective at lowering LDL (“bad”) cholesterol levels for patients who have side effects with cholesterol-lowering statin medications. That’s the conclusion of a clinical trial presented Monday at the American Heart Association annual meeting in Chicago. The drug, alirocumab, outperformed the on-the-market [...]

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