Can Cholesterol Be Too Low

Can Lowering LDL Cholesterol Really Reduce Cardiac Events?

…benefit is blood thinning—not cholesterol reduction. As many of you know, I’ve long said that inflammation—not cholesterol—is the real culprit in heart disease. Plus, I’ve warned that driving LDL cholesterol too low with cholesterol lowering statin medications can cause bigger health issues because…

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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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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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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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5 Common Cardiovascular Myths

…just 10 percent can bring down your blood pressure numbers and reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes. * Saturated fat is something to be feared. Patients often avoid foods containing saturated fats, such as meat, eggs, nuts, and butter, fearing that saturated fat turns into cholesterol in the body, which…

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Improved Energy: One of the Top Benefits of CoQ10

…in CoQ10 can impair the energetic capacity of the heart, leaving the tissues more susceptible to free radical attack. Although CoQ10 is produced naturally in the body, production wanes dramatically with age and in the presence of specific diseases. Certain medications, especially cholesterol-lowering…

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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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