High Cholesterol

New Life-Saving Cholesterol Testing

…these cholesterol blood tests will not only change how we treat cholesterol, but how we talk about cholesterol guidelines. It’s common to hear generalizations such as “LDL is bad cholesterol, and HDL is good cholesterol.” But in reality, both LDL (low-density lipoprotein) and HDL (high-density…

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The Blood Lipids Ratio to Watch

…about this ratio in my new book, The Great Cholesterol Myth: Why Lowering Your Cholesterol Won't Prevent Heart Disease—and the Statin-Free Plan That Will, available at Amazon and other book retailers.) If your HDL/triglyceride blood lipids ratio is high, how can you lower it? One of the most powerful…

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Is Red Meat Safe?

…that the fat and cholesterol in red meat isn’t what makes red meat a cardiovascular risk—but rather it’s the L-carnitine in red meat that’s troublesome. Dr. Sinatra's Thoughts on the Red Meat Study First off, I’ve been saying the same thing for years—that the cholesterol and fat in red meat…

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What is Lp(a) Cholesterol?

cholesterol levels having heart attacks not to believe that something is amiss. But before we discuss ways to lower or prevent high Lp(a) cholesterol levels, you must first know what you are up against. What is Lipoprotein (a)? Lp(a) is small, dense, highly inflammatory sub-fraction of a cholesterol

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Why “Good” HDL Cholesterol Isn’t Always Good

…you have a family history of heart disease at a young age, or have high cholesterol with confusing results, I urge you to ask your doctor to go beyond a standard lipid panel—and conduct specific testing to dissect your HDL cholesterol. Ask your physician to order the VAP test or the LPP test from Spectracell…

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High HDL Levels Reduce Risk of Alzheimer's Disease

…. For years, we’ve understood that having high blood levels of “good cholesterol”—HDL or high density lipoprotein cholesterol—lowers your risk of developing heart disease. Now, a December 2010 research publication entitled “Good” Cholesterol May Lower Alzheimer’s Risk” reports that…

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A High Antioxidant Diet Lowers Heart Attack Risk

In this day and age of grabbing quick, highly-processed foods here’s a study we all need to note. Researchers have found that women who eat a high-antioxidant diet have a significantly lower risk of having a heart attack. For this study, which was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association…

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The Health Benefits of Eating Garlic

…nutrients, it's useful for a host of ailments, including enhancing blood thinning (to prevent blood clots), lowering blood pressure levels and reducing cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Research on the Benefits of Eating Garlic Clinical research has determined that the benefits of eating garlic include inhibiting…

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The Great Cholesterol Myth

high levels of total cholesterol and heart disease has NEVER been proven. It’s a diagnosis conjured up to serve drug companies who want to sell cholesterol-lowering statin drugs. * Cholesterol levels are a poor predictor of heart attacks. Only about 50% of heart attack victims have high cholesterol

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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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Cholesterol Testing and Children: Should Children Take Statin Drugs?

…government panel recommended cholesterol testing for children. Specifically, they stated that all children in the U.S. get screened for high cholesterol by age nine, and younger if they have a family history of heart disease. A debate erupted with critics who felt that this cholesterol testing movement was pushed…

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The Cholesterol Numbers Doctors Should Measure

…statin drugs to bring down the “bad” LDL cholesterol numbers and to help raise the “good” HDL cholesterol numbers. Know What Your Cholesterol Numbers Mean The problem is that your “good” HDL cholesterol can be high, and your bad “LDL” cholesterol low—but both are harming your heart. The…

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Beware of Elevated Lp(a) Cholesterol Levels

For years, I have been advising my patients and readers to monitor a dangerous, small, dense, highly inflammatory cholesterol particle known as Lipoprotein A, or Lp(a). An elevated Lp(a) cholesterol level in the bloodstream increases the “stickiness” of blood, and contributes dramatically to the…

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Lipoprotein(a) Cholesterol Guidelines

…Lipoprotein(a) Cholesterol Guidelines In this particular case, Dr. Sinatra and I would like to reassure her not to worry about this finding. * First of all, her daughter’s Lp(a) is only elevated two points (or 20 percent above the limit). * Secondly, her high HDL “good” cholesterol levels of 74…

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Treating High Blood Pressure Naturally With Asparagus

…both systolic and diastolic blood pressure—which are both important for treating high blood pressure naturally. Plus, asparagus can help with treating high blood pressure naturally—and it’s good for your cholesterol. But the health benefits of this dish don’t end there. Olive oil is rich in squalene…

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