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Cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia)

Can Good HDL Cholesterol Go Too High?

We have been told to get our LDL cholesterol down and our HDL choleserol up. Is there evidence that good HDL is bad if it gets too high?

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Are Statin Side Effects Fake Medical News?

Some doctors get angry when there are reports about statins and adverse drug reactions. Are statin side effects fake or all in peoples' heads? What say you?

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Cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia)

Why Would Anyone Want to Raise Cholesterol Levels?

We're told that total and LDL cholesterol are really bad. What if such lipids are very low naturally? Are there any risks? Can you raise cholesterol levels?

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Cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia)

Statins for Older People | A New Study is Wildly Misinterpreted!

Should doctors be prescribing statins for all older people? A new meta-analysis has been interpreted that way. Read the full story here. We share the data!

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Cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia)

Is It Risky to Have Low Cholesterol Naturally?

People have been told that cholesterol is their enemy. If people have low cholesterol naturally are there any potential problems? Find out about one.

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Cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia)

Helping Your Heart Means Boosting Your Brain

A study of French senior citizens shows that if you do a good job of helping your heart with diet and exercise, you also dramatically lower your likelihood of dementia.

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Cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia)

When Is High LDL Cholesterol a Problem?

A study of low-risk individuals that ran for more than a quarter of a century found that even in these people, high LDL cholesterol can shorten life expectancy.

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Cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia)

Can Statins Cause Myositis? | Irreversible Muscle Damage

Do you know what the symptoms of myositis are? If you are taking a statin you should know! This is a rare but debilitating and potentially deadly reaction linked to statins.

bottles of crestor lipitor and simvastatin cholesterol-lowering drugs
Cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia)

How Safe and Effective Are Your Medicines? You Might Be Surprised!

Most people assume their medicine is safe and effective. The FDA says a drug can be "safe" even if it can cause cancer, heart attacks or death. How effective are statins at prolonging life?

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Cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia)

Do Statins Cause Myositis? A Devastating Muscle Disorder

For years we have heard from health professionals that statins rarely cause side effects. Yet patients tell a different story. A new study from Australia seems to confirm that statins cause myositis.

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Cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia)

Natural Ways to Get Your Cholesterol Down

One reader found that red yeast rice, turmeric and black pepper together with exercise and a strict diet lowered cholesterol. Can you get your cholesterol down with natural products?

bottles of crestor lipitor and simvastatin cholesterol-lowering drugs
Cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia)

Old Data Behind Statin Guidelines Led to Serious Overprescribing

For years doctors have been told to follow statin guidelines from cardiology experts. That would mean half of all Americans would be on statins. New research calls this dogma into question.

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No Study Support for Fish Oil Soothing Dry Eyes

Although fish oil has a reputation for soothing dry eyes, a recent randomized controlled trial found that placebo capsules of olive oil worked just as well.

Statin pills and a warning sign, 3D graphic
Cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia)

Can Atorvastatin Cause Erectile Dysfunction?

Studies on sexual side effects can be tricky. Many health professionals don't like to ask about ED. Does atorvastatin cause erectile dysfunction? Learn about the latest research.

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Cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia)

Do Statins Affect Memory or Scramble Your Brain?

Tens of millions of people take a statin-type medication every day to prevent cardiovascular problems. Can statins affect memory? This question remains highly controversial after decades.

bottles of crestor lipitor and simvastatin cholesterol-lowering drugs
Cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia)

Atorvastatin Side Effects — Is Psoriasis One of Them?

It often takes many years to discover unusual or rare adverse drug reactions. Could psoriasis be one of the atorvastatin side effects? A mystery revealed!

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Blackseed Oil Saved Knee and Lowered Cholesterol and Blood Sugar

Blackseed oil has anti-inflammatory properties. It may also have anti-cancer activity. Does this natural product have any scientific support?

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Cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia)

Repatha to Lower LDL Cholesterol: Uses, Abuses, Side Effects and Complications

TV commercials make Repatha look appealing. But Repatha to lower LDL cholesterol is pricey. How well does it work to save lives? What about side effects?

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Cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia)

Is a Loved One Taking Too Many Medicines?

A daughter just wrote to us to tell us her mother was taking 18 distinct drugs...way too many medicines! What happened when she cut back?

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Cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia)

Can You Control Cholesterol Naturally?

Is it possible to control cholesterol naturally without taking a statin-type medicine? Readers and listeners say yes. Here is how they do it.