By: Joe Graedon December 10, 2018 22 Comments
    Will Yellow Mustard Ease Cramps from Statins?

    Millions of people take statins to lower their cholesterol levels.Here are just a few examples of the numbers of prescription filled each year: atorvastatin= 97 million; simvastatin= 65 million; prava…

    By: Joe Graedon November 19, 2018 8 Comments
    Is it Risky to Take Atorvastatin with Grapefruit…

    Physicians and pharmacists are super busy these days. Some pharmacists have confided to us that they feel like they are in an I love Lucy skit like this one where Lucy and Ethel wrap chocolates. Patie…

    By: Terry Graedon November 19, 2018 19 Comments
    How Can You Lower Your Cholesterol Naturally?

    Do you know how to lower your cholesterol naturally? Frequently, when doctors discover that a patient has an elevated cholesterol level, they offer a prescription for a statin drug to lower these bloo…

    By: Terry Graedon November 8, 2018 2 Comments
    Will Alirocumab Save You from a Heart Attack?

    Alirocumab (Praluent) is a cholesterol-lowering drug that works through a different enzyme system than statins. (Here are the technical details: alirocumab and its cousin evolocumab inhibit an enzyme …

    By: Terry Graedon August 23, 2018 1 Comments
    Helping Your Heart Means Boosting Your Brain

    We have long suspected that taking care of your heart health with exercise, a diet rich in vegetables, fruits and whole grains, stress management and social interaction could also benefit your brain. …

    By: Terry Graedon August 19, 2018 22 Comments
    What Are the Health Benefits of Cinnamon in Coff…

    Have you been hearing that cinnamon is good for you? Or maybe you're worried about the potential health hazards of cinnamon but unsure of what they could be. Perhaps you have been wondering how you mi…

    By: Terry Graedon June 28, 2018 14 Comments
    Will Eating Walnuts Lower Your Cholesterol?

    Could eating walnuts lower your cholesterol? A few decades ago, people were warned to avoid walnuts as well as other types of tree nuts because of their high fat content. Experts expected this to lead…

    By: Terry Graedon June 11, 2018 25 Comments
    Natural Ways to Get Your Cholesterol Down

    Cholesterol is only one of numerous risk factors for heart disease. However, physicians can't do much about some of your other risk factors, such as your family history. They can prescribe medications…

    By: Joe Graedon June 4, 2018 11 Comments
    Statins and Diabetes | What Happens When Blood S…

    A few years ago three pillars of modern medicine recommended that virtually all adults with diabetes should take statin-type cholesterol-lowering drugs. This is what the American Diabetes Association …

    By: Terry Graedon April 23, 2018 18 Comments
    No Study Support for Fish Oil Soothing Dry Eyes

    Fish oil is one of the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids. These compounds have anti-inflammatory activity, and doctors have hoped that fish oil supplements would prove useful against a wide range of…

    By: Terry Graedon April 16, 2018 9 Comments
    How to Control Your Blood Sugar Without Drugs

    How is your blood sugar? According to the CDC, 84 million American adults have prediabetes, a condition in which blood sugar is elevated but doesn't reach the threshold for a diagnosis of diabetes (12…

    By: Terry Graedon March 19, 2018 5 Comments
    Will Garlic Really Lower Your Blood Pressure?

    Humans love variety in their food, and have found numerous ways to enliven it. Spices of various sorts have been used to give food an interesting flavor. Many of these additives have also been used me…

    By: Terry Graedon February 26, 2018 21 Comments
    Do Glucosamine and Chondroitin Increase Your Cho…

    What happens if you take something for a presumed benefit only to discover that it has a downside? This happens pretty frequently with pharmaceuticals; everyone is familiar with the idea of side effec…

    By: Terry Graedon February 11, 2018 2 Comments
    Does the Laxative Psyllium Really Lower Choleste…

    Dietary fiber is almost universally acknowledged as beneficial. Diets rich in whole grains and vegetables that supply fiber seem to be associated with better cardiovascular health, better metabolic ba…

    By: Joe Graedon January 25, 2018 24 Comments
    Should Everyone Over 65 Take a Statin to Prevent…

    Do statins help older people live longer? That is a question that has been controversial for decades. Tens of millions of people are currently taking a statin-type cholesterol-lowering drug every day.…

    By: Terry Graedon December 7, 2017 7 Comments
    How Can You Lower Your LDL Cholesterol with Snac…

    Choose your snacks wisely, and you may lower your dangerous LDL cholesterol. That’s what researchers found when they did a small but careful study at Penn State University (Lee et al, Journal of the…

    By: Joe Graedon December 4, 2017 23 Comments
    Repatha to Lower LDL Cholesterol: Uses, Abuses, …

    There's a new cholesterol-lowering medicine making waves. Many health professionals are convinced that there is no such thing as too low a golf score or a cholesterol level. They are right about golf,…

    By: Joe Graedon November 27, 2017 15 Comments
    Doctors Battle Over High Cholesterol and Blood P…

    Ask doctors what key measurements they rely on to assess the overall health of a patient and you are likely to hear about high cholesterol and blood pressure. Elevated blood sugar is not far behind. C…

    By: Joe Graedon November 16, 2017 41 Comments
    Does Lowering Blood Pressure to 120/80 Save Live…

    New guidelines from the American Heart Association (AHA) and the American College of Cardiology (ACC) state that all adults should get their systolic blood pressure to 130 or lower and their diastolic…

    By: Terry Graedon November 13, 2017 6 Comments
    How Do Statins Compare to Red Yeast Rice?

    Cholesterol is not the only risk factor that is important for heart health, but it remains an important indicator. People with heart disease need to take care not to let their dangerous LDL cholestero…

    By: Terry Graedon September 21, 2017 26 Comments
    How Good Is the Evidence for Whole Grains?

    Whole grains have a golden reputation as the mainstay of a healthy diet. The old food pyramid was built on a foundation of whole grains. But how good is the evidence that eating brown rice, steel cut …

    By: Joe Graedon August 31, 2017 10 Comments
    Preventing Heart Attacks With a Unique Anti-Infl…

    A new study shows that inflammation may be as important as high cholesterol when it comes to preventing heart attacks (New England Journal of Medicine, Aug. 27, 2017). Researchers have known for years…

    By: Terry Graedon August 24, 2017 9 Comments
    Are New Cholesterol Drugs Way Too Pricey?

    Are the new cholesterol-lowering drugs such as alirocumab (Praluent) and evolocumab (Repatha) marvelous breakthroughs for treating heart disease? Or are they irrelevant because most patients who might…

    By: Terry Graedon August 14, 2017 14 Comments
    Can You Lower Your Cholesterol with Bergamot?

    How do you control your cholesterol? Many people take a statin medication such as atorvastatin  or simvastatin to keep their blood fats within normal range. On the other hand, you might prefer a more…

    By: Terry Graedon August 7, 2017 22 Comments
    Quitting Sugar Made a Big Impact on Blood Pressu…

    Once people learn about common side effects of medications to treat elevated cholesterol or high blood pressure, they are often curious about non-drug approaches to heart health. The doctor may recomm…

    By: Terry Graedon July 31, 2017 8 Comments
    Is Red Yeast Rice Safe with a Statin?

    One of the most divisive topics in health care right now is whether it makes sense to take a statin if you don't have heart disease. Some physicians are adamant that this is essential, especially for …

    By: Joe Graedon July 31, 2017 10 Comments
    How Can You Tell If You Need a Statin?

    Dr. Steve Nissen is Chairman of the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic. He maintains that "56 million Americans are considered eligible for statin therapy, with about half a…

    By: Terry Graedon July 6, 2017 28 Comments
    Show 1085: The Statin Standoff and New Drugs for…

    Cardiologists agree that we should all be getting regular exercise and eating a healthful diet with lots of vegetables and fruits. But they don't agree on which of us should be taking statins to prote…

    By: Joe Graedon June 26, 2017 35 Comments
    How Does Red Yeast Rice Compare to Statins?

    Tens of millions of people take statin-type cholesterol-lowering drugs. Many physicians believe such drugs are dramatically effective against heart disease. We will not deal with that controversial to…

    By: Terry Graedon June 19, 2017 4 Comments
    What Is the Risk of Red Yeast Rice?

    One of the pillars of heart disease prevention is keeping blood fats, especially cholesterol, under control. But doctors don't always agree on the best way to achieve this goal. Most recommend a healt…

    By: Terry Graedon June 12, 2017 18 Comments
    Is Lowering Cholesterol with Saturated Fats a Pa…

    If you have been paying attention, you are no doubt aware that saturated fats like butter or coconut oil are a dietary no-no. The theory is that these fats, which are solid at room temperature, can cl…

    By: Terry Graedon June 5, 2017 14 Comments
    Does a Nonagenarian Need to Worry About Choleste…

    Doctors interested in preventive medicine often quote Benjamin Franklin approvingly. However, he wasn't thinking of medicine when he noted that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. (Actual…

    By: Joe Graedon May 25, 2017 29 Comments
    New Analysis Disputes Dogma that All Seniors Nee…

    The American Heart Association (AHA) and the American College of Cardiology (ACC) created a risk calculator that tells physicians and patients when someone should take a statin-type cholesterol-loweri…

    By: Terry Graedon April 24, 2017 15 Comments
    How to Ease Statin-Induced Muscle Pain

    Statin-type cholesterol-lowering drugs are an important part of every cardiologist's tool box. They lower cholesterol, which is a significant risk factor for heart disease. People who already have hea…

    By: Joe Graedon March 30, 2017 4 Comments
    Lovaza for High Triglycerides Eased Joint Pain

    What do you call a side effect that is beneficial? One reader took the prescription drug Lovaza for high triglycerides and made a very welcome discovery about joint pain. Doctors never prescribe Lovaz…

    By: Joe Graedon March 27, 2017 9 Comments
    Does the New Cholesterol Drug Repatha Save Lives…

    The results are finally in on an eagerly anticipated trial of a new cholesterol-lowering medicine. Many cardiologists are happy with the results, calling the drug a breakthrough. But others are disapp…

    By: Terry Graedon February 20, 2017 70 Comments
    Has Your Doctor Fired You?

    The relationship between a patient and her doctor is special. Patients tell their doctors things they wouldn't tell anyone else. Doctors are expected to hold these revelations in confidence and to tre…

    By: Terry Graedon October 31, 2016 48 Comments
    What Are the Benefits of Cinnamon and Honey?

    Some of the most interesting discoveries are due to serendipity. That applies not only to scientists working in a lab whose lucky accident opens a new line of research. (Imagine Alexander Fleming and…

    By: Terry Graedon October 13, 2016 4 Comments
    How to Lower Your Cholesterol with Oat Fiber

    Scientists have known for years that consuming oats can lower your cholesterol. In fact, the first study showing that oat bread instead of white bread reduced LDL cholesterol was published in 1963. Ne…

    By: Terry Graedon October 10, 2016 1 Comments
    Listen to Dr. DuBroff Discuss the Cholesterol Hy…

    We spoke with cardiologist and lipidologist Robert DuBroff, MD, a few months ago about his take on the cholesterol hypothesis. Since that time, he has retired from his position as associate professor…