The People's Perspective on Medicine
High Blood Pressure (hypertension)

Should You Take Your Pills at Breakfast or Bedtime?

How do you take your pills? Are you a morning person or a nighttime person? What beverage do you swallow them with? You'll be surprised to learn it matters.

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Drug Side Effects

Could Pomegranate Juice React Badly with Crestor?

You might worry about whether pomegranate juice will react badly with your medication, but it should not create problems with rosuvastatin (Crestor).

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Heart Attack

Can Men Get an Extra Benefit from a Statin?

While doctors argue about how well a statin prevents heart disease in healthy people, researchers have found an unexpected benefit from a statin for men.

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High Cholesterol

Is It Safe to Take Red Yeast Rice for High Cholesterol?

Most people who take red yeast rice to lower their cholesterol do well with it. But a few experience side effects such as muscle or nerve problems.

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Angina

Is White Meat Better for Your Heart Than Red Meat?

Should you choose white meat such as chicken instead of red meat like beef or pork? To lower cholesterol, pick plant protein in a low sat fat diet.

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High Cholesterol

No Need to Fast for a Cholesterol Test

For purposes of predicting heart attacks and other cardiovascular problems, a nonfasting cholesterol test works as well one taken while fasting.

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High Cholesterol

How Risky Is It to Eat an Egg?

Evidence from a Finnish study shows you could probably eat an egg a day without increasing your risk for stroke or heart disease.

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Arthritis

Turmeric Lowered Cholesterol Raised by Glucosamine?

Have you ever taken glucosamine and chondroitin for sore joints? Did this combo raise cholesterol? Turmeric lowered cholesterol AND eased inflammation.

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Constipation

Must You Grind Flaxseed to Get Its Nutritional Benefits?

The scientific consensus is that if you grind flaxseed, you get more of the fiber, lignans and omega-3 fats that make it a healthful food.

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Diabetes

How Can You Overcome the Harms of Sitting Too Much?

How much time do you spend sitting on average? Chances are it's way too much and it's surprisingly bad for your health. How can you counteract the harm?

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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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Heart Attack

Will Kiwifruit Raise Your Good HDL Cholesterol?

A reader found that eating two kiwifruit daily for many months raised beneficial HDL cholesterol into the desirable range.

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High Cholesterol

Can You Use Cinnamon to Reduce Your Cholesterol?

Adding cinnamon to food or taking a water-extracted cinnamon supplement may help you reduce your cholesterol, triglyceride and blood sugar levels.

bottles of crestor lipitor and simvastatin cholesterol-lowering drugs
Drug Side Effects

Statins and Muscle Pain: What Else Can He Do To Lower LDL?

Many physicians are adamant that statins rarely cause any side effects. And yet readers continue to report a connection between statins and muscle pain.

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High Cholesterol

Is It Possible to Lower Cholesterol with Margarine?

A reader's experience confirms research showing you can lower cholesterol with margarine that contains plant stanols or sterols.

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Drug Side Effects

Can Repatha Substitute for Statins to Lower Cholesterol?

Many people tell us they cannot tolerate statin side effects. Will Repatha substitute for statins without side effects and lower cholesterol successfully?

Steven Nissen, MD, heart health expert
Podcasts

Show 1147: How Do You Control Your Cholesterol?

To prevent heart disease, you need to control your cholesterol. Do you do that with diet, supplements and exercise, or do you also take medication?

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Drug Side Effects

Doctors and Patients Confused About Statins and Muscle Damage

The FDA lists myositis as a statin side effect but many people are clueless what that means. The connection between statins and muscle damage is bewildering.

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Back Pain

Will Yellow Mustard Ease Cramps from Statins?

Have you heard of SAMS? It stands for statin-associated muscle symptoms. It may be more common than doctors think. Could mustard and/or Coenzyme Q10 help?