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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

  • Terminally Ill Can Do Without Statins, Study Finds

    THURSDAY, March 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Halting the use of cholesterol-lowering statins in terminally ill patients may improve their quality of life, a new study indicates. These findings suggest that care for terminally ill patients can be improved by taking them off medication primarily meant to prevent other health problems, the study authors said. “For patients [...]

  • Latest Diabetes Care Guidelines Focus on Individual Approach

    By Serena GordonHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, March 23, 2015 (HealthDay News) — When caring for people with diabetes, primary care doctors need to tailor blood sugar targets and treatments to the individual patient, new recommendations suggest. That’s just one of the guidelines highlighted in an article that experts from the Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston published in [...]

  • For Mexican-Americans, Heart Risks Can Rise Even If Not Obese

    FRIDAY, March 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) — In Mexican-Americans, heart-damaging risk factors such as high blood pressure or high blood sugar levels are common, even in the absence of obesity, a new study finds. Those who weren’t obese but were metabolically unhealthy showed similar signs of early artery hardening as those who were obese, according to [...]

  • Blood Fats Hold Vitamin E Captive, Study Shows

    FRIDAY, March 20, 2015 (HealthDay News) — High levels of blood fats such as cholesterol and triglycerides can hold vitamin E in the blood and prevent it from reaching the tissues that require it, a small study says. The findings suggest that checking only blood levels of vitamin E may not show whether a person has [...]

  • Kids’ Bad Diets May Mean Worse Health as Adults

    By Tara HaelleHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, March 17, 2015 (HealthDay News) — The overall heart health of U.S. children falls short, a new analysis suggests. Northwestern University researchers found that while most of the nearly 9,000 children they studied had healthy blood pressure levels, 40 percent did not have good cholesterol levels, almost none ate a healthy diet [...]

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