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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

  • Statins Carry Some Risk for Seniors, Study Suggests

    WEDNESDAY, April 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) — Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs can help prevent heart disease in seniors, but the medications also carry the risk of side effects, new research shows. Researchers used a computer simulation to assess whether statins should be routinely taken by adults aged 75 and older to prevent heart disease. There did appear to [...]

  • New Guidelines Would Greatly Boost Number of Young People on Statins

    MONDAY, April 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) — If all doctors followed new cholesterol guidelines aimed at children, almost half a million Americans aged 17 to 21 would be prescribed a cholesterol-lowering statin drug, a new study predicts. In 2011, the U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) issued new guidelines on reducing heart disease in [...]

  • 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 [...]

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