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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

  • Poor Response to Statins May Mean Clogged Arteries

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Feb. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Twenty percent of people with heart disease don’t respond to cholesterol-lowering statins and may have dangerously clogged arteries, researchers have found. A new study found these people experienced little or no reduction in the “bad” cholesterol that contributes to artery-blocking plaque, making heart attack or stroke [...]

  • Proposed Dietary Guidelines Not a Green Light to Eat What You Want

    By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Feb. 12, 2015 (HealthDay News) — People who follow a heart-healthy diet won’t see much change in their eating habits if, as reported, this year’s U.S. Dietary Guidelines report rescinds previous warnings against eating certain cholesterol-rich foods, dietitians say. That’s because people still need to limit their consumption of saturated fats and [...]

  • Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Fear Eating Foods High in Cholesterol

    Decades-old advice to Americans against eating foods high in cholesterol likely will not appear in the next update of the nation’s Dietary Guidelines, according to published reports.

  • Prolonged High Cholesterol in Middle Age Raises Heart Risk Later: Study

    By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Jan. 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Many folks in their 30s and 40s chow down on burgers, fried chicken and other fatty foods without fear, figuring they have years before they need to worry about their cholesterol levels. But new research reveals that long-term exposure to even slightly higher cholesterol levels can [...]

  • Nearly All Diabetics Should Be on Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs: Experts

    By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Dec. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) — New guidelines from the American Diabetes Association (ADA) call for giving the cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins to all people with diabetes to help prevent heart disease. These new standards bring the association in line with the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association, which [...]

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