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 Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 1, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs might influence a person’s aggressive behaviors, increasing or decreasing their irritability and violent tendencies, a new clinical trial suggests. Men taking statins typically become less aggressive, while women on statins tend to become more aggressive, according to findings published July 1 in the [...]
FRIDAY, June 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Widely used cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins might help reduce major complications after lung surgery, new research suggests. Statins have been linked to fewer complications after heart surgery, and researchers at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City theorized they might also benefit patients undergoing major lung [...]
By Maureen SalamonHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, June 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Nearly half of Hispanic people in the United States with high cholesterol levels aren’t aware they have the health problem and more than two-thirds who are aware aren’t being treated, a new study indicates. Reviewing data from more than 16,000 Hispanics between the ages of 18 [...]
By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, June 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) — A new class of powerful cholesterol drugs is poised to hit the market, and doctors are both hopeful about their potential, and worried that insurers won’t pay for them. The drugs, known as PCSK9 inhibitors, can drastically cut LDL cholesterol — the “bad” kind linked to [...]
By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, June 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) — U.S. health experts voted on Tuesday to recommend approval of the first of two drugs in a new class of cholesterol medications that sharply cut “bad” LDL cholesterol in people who don’t fare well on statins. In a 13-3 vote, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration [...]