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 Kathleen DohenyHealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Oct. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Over the last three decades, Americans have cut their intake of artery-clogging saturated and trans fats — but not enough, new research shows. Meanwhile, consumption of healthy omega-3 fatty acids known as DHA and EPA — plentiful in fatty fish like salmon — has remained steady, [...]
MONDAY, Oct. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Regular visits to your doctor can help keep your blood pressure under control, a new study shows. High blood pressure can cause serious health problems such as stroke and heart attack, according to the American Heart Association. Researchers analyzed data from 37,000 American adults who had their blood pressure checked [...]
FRIDAY, Oct. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Love to dine out? You could be at higher risk for becoming overweight and having poorer cholesterol levels than people who prefer to eat at home, a new study suggests. Researchers led by Ashima Kant of Queens College, City University of New York, analyzed data from more than 8,300 [...]
By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter FRIDAY, Oct. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) — After surgery for prostate cancer, elevated levels of cholesterol and triglycerides may be linked with greater risk of the cancer’s return, a new study suggests. In a review of more than 800 men who had had their prostate gland removed, those with higher levels of these [...]
By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Sept. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) — People using cholesterol-lowering drugs while in the hospital for a hemorrhagic stroke — which causes bleeding in the brain — were more than four times more likely to survive than people who weren’t taking the drugs, according to a new study. People taking the commonly used [...]