Can Cholesterol Be Too Low

The 10 Most Common Heart Health Fallacies

…they enjoy smoking cigars but don’t inhale. Second-hand smoke, of course, can be harmful, and pleasurable mouthfuls of smoke, even if not ultimately inhaled, mean that toxic chemicals, pesticides, and insecticides are being absorbed into the bloodstream. Smoking kills, period. 4. A few extra pounds…

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With Cholesterol, Focus on the Right Numbers

cholesterol should be 60 mg/dL or greater. At a minimum, men should be at 35 mg/dL and women at 40 mg/dL or more. If Your HDL Cholesterol Is Low, Here's How to Raise It * First and foremost, take niacin (vitamin B3). Niacin is one of the most powerful nutrients available to raise HDL cholesterol. When…

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5 Heart-Health Facts Your Cardiologist Won’t Tell You

…those with high cholesterol. Your doctor can order a CRP blood test, and while results may vary by lab you generally want a CRP reading below one. * Driving Your LDL Cholesterol Too Low Can Be Harmful: Many people, including cardiologists, still believe that the lower your LDL cholesterol is the better…

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When a Healthy Cholesterol Level Can Go Wrong

…memory in the brain. Cholesterol moves through the body with the help of two proteins: LDL, or low-density lipoprotein, and HDL, or high-density lipoprotein. LDL carries ready-to-use cholesterol molecules that can be absorbed by cells that need it, and HDL picks up excess cholesterol and carries it back…

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What is Lp(a) Cholesterol?

…chromosome 6q26-27 to be specific). That’s why we see elevated Lp(a) cholesterol levels run in families. Also, if you are of African-American or some European heritages, you may be more at risk. Lp(a) levels can range from 0.2 to 200, and because folks with very low Lp(a)s appear to be quite healthy, whatever…

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Is Taking Multivitamins Safe?

…high levels of d-alpha tocopherol succinate can have a pro-oxidative effect on HDL cholesterol. * Iron. The only people who should be taking iron are premenopausal women and men younger than 18, unless prescribed by a doctor. The reason is that iron can have a potent pro-oxidant effect. Now it’s your…

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For Weight Loss, Eat More Fat?

…the low-fat group. The converse was also true—with low-fat eaters losing more lean muscle mass than fat. The low-carb diet group also experienced significant improvements in both their triglycerides and inflammation levels—and had a measurable increase in their “good” HDL cholesterol. In fact…

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The Side Effects of Statin Drugs

…polyneuropathy; and total global amnesia, which means forgetting where and who you are for a few minutes to several hours. (If LDL cholesterol levels get too low, they can interfere with neurotransmitter mechanisms in the brain.) One of the many problems with statin medications is that they interfere…

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