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 Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter MONDAY, Sept. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Patients prescribed cholesterol-lowering drugs are more likely to fill their prescriptions and gain health benefits if the medications are cheaper generic brands, new research suggests. At issue are the cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins. Well-known brands include Crestor, Zocor and Lipitor. Generic statins are also available. [...]
TUESDAY, Sept. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Cholesterol-busting statins may also help prevent common and serious diabetes complications, a new study indicates. Although the drugs are known to lower the risk for heart attack and stroke among those with type 2 diabetes, Danish researchers report statins may also help protect against diabetes-related damage to small blood [...]
TUESDAY, Sept. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs seem to help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease in children who have a genetic cholesterol disorder, according to a long-term European study. Researchers looked at 194 children and teens in the Netherlands with familial hypercholesterolemia, which puts people at risk for premature hardening of the [...]
By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Aug. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Overweight Americans with risk factors for heart disease should be offered “intensive” counseling on diet and exercise, according to new guidelines released this week. The recommendations come from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, an independent panel that reviews medical research and makes recommendations on preventive [...]
TUESDAY, Aug. 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The benefits of long-term use of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs greatly outweigh the risks, according to a review of research published over 20 years. Some experts fear that statins may be overused, but these new findings could offer reassurance to the more than 200 million people worldwide who take the [...]