By: Terry Graedon May 6, 2019 9 Comments
    Must You Grind Flaxseed to Get Its Nutritional B…

    The humble flaxseed is now being hailed as a superfood because it is a great source of fiber, healthful omega-3 fats and lignans. The fiber content is helpful against constipation. A systematic review…

    By: Joe Graedon April 25, 2019 5 Comments
    How Can You Overcome the Harms of Sitting Too Mu…

    How many hours a day do you sit? Be honest, please. If you work in front of a computer, we’ll bet you spend more than eight hours a day sitting. And that doesn’t count time sitting in your car, si…

    By: Joe Graedon April 22, 2019 6 Comments
    Why Would Anyone Want to Raise Cholesterol Level…

    Can your cholesterol go too low? That is a question that we have been asked on many occasions. It seems ludicrous. It's a bit like asking if you could be too rich or too thin? The truth is that you co…

    By: The People's Pharmacy April 1, 2019 2 Comments
    Will Kiwifruit Raise Your Good HDL Cholesterol?

    You may think that all cholesterol should be a slow as you can get it. However, doctors usually like to see HDL cholesterol higher rather than lower. This is the fraction of the cholesterol that carri…

    By: Terry Graedon March 25, 2019 7 Comments
    Can You Use Cinnamon to Reduce Your Cholesterol?

    Most people want to keep their cholesterol under control, but some would prefer to do so without medication. It is possible to use your diet to lower your cholesterol levels. Some people report that e…

    By: Joe Graedon February 18, 2019 71 Comments
    Statins and Muscle Pain: What Else Can He Do To …

    Jane Brody, the grande dame of medical journalism, asked: “Are you among the 73 million Americans with cholesterol levels that current guidelines suggest should be lowered by taking a statin for the…

    By: Terry Graedon February 11, 2019 15 Comments
    Is It Possible to Lower Cholesterol with Margari…

    For decades, doctors told their patients to eat margarine instead of butter. The idea was that people who ate cholesterol-rich butter would raise their level of blood cholesterol. Then public health e…

    By: Joe Graedon January 14, 2019 12 Comments
    Can Repatha Substitute for Statins to Lower Chol…

    Not everyone can tolerate statins to lower cholesterol. Some people react to drugs like atorvastatin, lovastatin, pravastatin, rosuvastatin or simvastatin with muscle pain and weakness, arthritis, mus…

    By: Terry Graedon January 3, 2019 31 Comments
    Show 1147: How Do You Control Your Cholesterol?

    What causes heart disease? There are a number of risk factors, including cigarette smoking, sedentary lifestyle, high blood pressure, diabetes and others. One well-known risk is high cholesterol. Has …

    By: Joe Graedon December 17, 2018 40 Comments
    Doctors and Patients Confused About Statins and …

    Tens of millions of people take statins such as atorvastatin, lovastatin, pravastatin, rosuvastatin and simvastatin. Most physicians acknowledge that they have patients who complain about muscle pain …

    By: Joe Graedon December 10, 2018 31 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 24 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 22 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 16 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…