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Doctors are divided about the benefits and risks of statins against heart disease. On one side are the enthusiasts who believe that almost everyone over the age of 50 should be on a drug like atorvastatin or simvastatin. On the... (Read More)
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Q. My husband and I both take fish oil supplements and Benecol Smart Chews to lower our cholesterol, but our doctor wants us to raise our HDL. I started restricting my carb intake to see if that might have an... (Read More)
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Q. Six years ago my doctor prescribed Lipitor to control my cholesterol. I was switched to simvastatin the last few years. Over that time I have gained weight and there is something wrong with my muscles. My legs have no... (Read More)
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Public health officials concerned about the epidemic of diabetes and pre-diabetes have focused on weight loss through exercise and healthy eating. A new study suggests that routine water-only fasting one day a week can pull cholesterol out of the fat... (Read More)
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Statins may have an unrecognized adverse effect, especially for older men. More than 3,000 men over the age of 65 were included in this Oregon State University study. The scientists found that men taking statins exercised about 40 minutes a... (Read More)
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Q. I have type 2 diabetes. Last summer my triglycerides were dangerously high (300), my cholesterol was 288, and my HbA1C was 8.2. I was taking Janumet and Trilipix, but they were not working. I decided to try taking 3/4... (Read More)
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Q. I read in your column that a man who had taken lecithin for 30 years had never had high cholesterol. This worked for me! I was taking statins but my joints hurt so I could hardly walk. I started... (Read More)
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Q. I am so confused. I am a vegetarian with high cholesterol. My glucose is climbing and may put me at risk for diabetes. I decided to change my diet after reading that a vegan diet with no fat is... (Read More)
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Q. I have a family history of high cholesterol and my internist prescribed Lipitor many years ago. It was a miracle drug that kept my cholesterol at a normal level. After taking the medicine for eight years, I developed peripheral... (Read More)
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Q. What is your opinion on red yeast rice for lowering cholesterol? I have tried statins and cannot take them. A. Red yeast rice contains natural statins at a low dose and can lower cholesterol (Annals of Internal Medicine, June... (Read More)
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Q. My wife and I have found that papaya enzyme is a quick solution for heartburn and upset stomach and calms the effects of niacin. I have been in a heart study for the past 13 years. I started with... (Read More)
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Q. Ever since I went on a low carb diet in 1964 (before Atkins) I have used only whole milk. When the government began advocating a low-fat diet, Americans became obese, because when you remove the fat from a product... (Read More)
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Nutrition experts have egg on their faces. For years, public health policy has been to discourage consumption of saturated fat--or most any fat at all. The diet-heart hypothesis got its start in the 1950s. Ancel Keys, PhD, and his colleagues... (Read More)
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Q. I'm so confused about eggs. First we were told to avoid them because of the cholesterol. Then I read that eggs are not harmful. In fact, the suggestion was that pancakes and cold cereal are less healthful for breakfast.... (Read More)
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If you are not confused and maybe even exasperated over all the flip-flops over food in recent months, we would be amazed. The latest head-spinning headline appeared in the New York Times this week: "Study Questions Fat and Heart Disease... (Read More)
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Epidemiologists have just questioned the validity of standard dietary advice to avoid saturated fat for the sake of heart health. Over the last several decades, nutrition experts, dietitians and cardiologists have been warning Americans to cut back on sat fat... (Read More)
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Q. I have heard that Concord grape juice will lower cholesterol and alleviate joint pain. Do you know anything about that? A. Concord grape juice contains antioxidants that improve blood vessel flexibility (American Journal of Hypertension, Jan. 2014). Other... (Read More)
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Q. What is your opinion on red yeast rice for lowering cholesterol? I have tried statins and cannot tolerate them. A. Red yeast rice naturally contains a low dose of various statin compounds and has been shown to lower cholesterol... (Read More)
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Type 2 diabetes increases the chance than an older person will encounter cognitive difficulties. Researchers had hoped that lowering blood pressure and cholesterol in such patients would reduce the likelihood of mental decline. The goal of the ACCORD trial was... (Read More)
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Q.  Several years ago my doctor prescribed 20 mg of Lipitor. Since then doctors have gradually raised the dose till I am now on 80 mg of generic atorvastatin. Initially I experienced calf cramps that I could eventually stretch out.... (Read More)
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