What Is Cholesterol?

Cholesterol is produced naturally by the liver, and also comes from eating certain foods, such as eggs and red meat. If you have too much of the wrong kind, cholesterol starts to build up in your arteries.

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5 Cholesterol Myths and Facts

Think you know it all? Check out common myths about high cholesterol, who’s most likely to have it, what types of food can cause it, and why—sometimes—cholesterol isn’t a bad word.
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7 Causes of High Cholesterol

High cholesterol comes from a variety of sources, including your family history and what you eat. Here is a visual journey through the most common causes.
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What Are The Types of Cholesterol, and What Do They Mean for Your Health?

This substance can be harmful—or helpful—to your arteries. The trick is to boost the good kind and slash the bad.
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10 Best Foods for Your Heart

From breakfast to dinner (and snacks in between) you're entire day can be heart-healthy! A good-for-your-ticker diet doesn't have to be bland or boring, as we show you here with these heart-y foods that will leave you satisfied.
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17 Worst Habits for Your Heart

Cardiovascular disease affects more than 1 in 3 adults in the U.S. The good news is that some little habits can make a big difference in your ability to live a healthy lifestyle. Here are the 17 worst habits for your heart, and how to avoid them.
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5 Reasons to Stop or Switch Statins

These widely prescribed drugs have some potentially serious side effects.
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10 Heart Attack Risk Factors

Some risk factors for heart disease can be controlled, and some can't. According to the American Heart Association, these are the leading factors that put you at risk for coronary artery disease or a heart attack.
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Here’s What Cholesterol Can Do To the Brain

A study finds a connection between changes in LDL, or bad, cholesterol and reduced cognitive functions
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10 Ways to Lower Cholesterol

More than 100 million Americans have high cholesterol, which can clog arteries and cause heart attacks and strokes. The good news is that there are a variety of strategies you can use to lower your cholesterol and decrease your risk for heart problems.
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Need a Cholesterol Drug? 12 Must-Know Facts

Millions of people take cholesterol-lowering drugs to prevent heart attacks and strokes. Here are 12 things you should know if you need a cholesterol drug.
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20 Low-Cholesterol Meals

Eating a healthy diet doesn't mean the end of taste—just check out this collection of delicious low-cholesterol recipes. You'll forget you're eating for your health!
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Here’s What Cholesterol Can Do To the Brain

A study finds a connection between changes in LDL, or bad, cholesterol and reduced cognitive functions