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 Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Nov. 18 (HealthDay News) — Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs do not appear to raise the risk of memory loss or dementia, a new review finds. “In February 2012, largely based on anecdotal reports, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a safety statement warning patients of possible adverse mental effects associated with statin [...]
By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Nov. 18, 2013 (HealthDay News) — A new online cholesterol risk calculator produced by two leading U.S. heart organizations is flawed and overstates a person’s risk of heart disease, a pair of Harvard Medical School professors say. The professors contend that this flaw could lead the calculator to mistakenly suggest that millions [...]
By Alan MozesHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Nov. 5 (HealthDay News) — Prostate cancer patients who take the cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins appear to face a lower risk of death from their disease, new Canadian research suggests. The decreased risk was strongest for those who were taking the statins before their cancer diagnosis, investigators found. In addition, the [...]
By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter THURSDAY, Oct. 24 (HealthDay News) — Americans’ levels of “good” cholesterol are improving, but total cholesterol levels haven’t changed one way or the other in the past few years, U.S. health officials reported Thursday. Meanwhile, the nation’s screening rates for cholesterol have stalled, according to the new analysis from the U.S. Centers for [...]
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 9 (HealthDay News) — Three different efforts to improve outcomes among patients in intensive-care units have produced mixed results. Using statins and trying different intravenous fluids made little difference for these sickest of patients, but giving beta blockers to those in severe septic shock provided some protection for their hearts, the studies showed. All three [...]