High Cholesterol

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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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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Natural Solutions for a Healthy Cholesterol Level

…commonly prescribed drugs for maintaining healthy cholesterol levels are statin medications like Zocor (simvastatin), Lipitor (avorastatin), Mevacor (lovastatin), Pravachol (pravastatin), and Lescol (fluvastatin). These drugs can be dangerous if taken with high levels of long-acting niacin (vitamin B3). Side…

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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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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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Much of What Passes for High Cholesterol Is Harmless

cholesterol tests don’t really mean much. You need to pay more attention to the fraction patterns than your total cholesterol numbers. An unhealthy cholesterol reading isn't "high cholesterol" but one that contains a dominant pattern of dense, small cholesterol particles, which are the most highly

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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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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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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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Foods High in Saturated Fat Aren’t the Enemy

…that foods high in saturated fat are bad. But the fact is saturated fats are the good guys. They help to raise beneficial HDL cholesterol, improving your triglyceride/HDL ratio—a key marker of cardiovascular health. Foods high in saturated fat also help to change your LDL cholesterol pattern, from…

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Low Cholesterol Levels Can Hurt Your Immune System

…toxins. Numerous Studies Have Shown a Cholesterol-Immune System Connection * In 1997, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Clinical Pharmacology checked the immune systems of healthy adult men (average age 46) who had either high or low cholesterol. There were significantly fewer circulating…

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