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Women Are More Likely to Die from Heart Disease than Cancer

…inflammation, advanced cardiovascular disease, or have had a prior cardiac event or procedure. Many doctors prescribe statins at the first sign of high cholesterol, but I believe statins should be prescribed only to people with advanced arterial disease. Not only do the drugs inhibit your body’s production…

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Drugs Are Not the Only Way to Lower Your Cholesterol

…conducted by Dr. David J. Becker of the University of Pennsylvania Health System's Chestnut Hill Hospital and colleagues, found that people with high cholesterol who took red yeast rice and fish oil daily and who got help with diet, exercise and relaxation techniques enjoyed the same 40% drop in LDL obtained…

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Does Healthy Cholesterol Really Lower Risk of Dementia?

…Kaiser Permanente reported an association between high cholesterol levels and increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. Researchers followed close to 10,000 people for 40 years and found that people who had high or borderline high cholesterol levels at ages 40–45 had much greater chances of…

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Why “Good” HDL Cholesterol Isn’t Always Good

…HDL, and it elevated blood pressure. What’s the bottom line for you? If 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…

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Much of What Passes for High Cholesterol is Harmless

September is National Cholesterol Education Month, so I thought this was a good time to debunk one of the biggest myths—that high cholesterol is harmful. We know our bodies have many forms of cholesterol, some harmful and some not. Plus, manufacturers have created drugs to lower some components of…

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The Great Cholesterol Myth

high cholesterol do not have heart disease. * Recent studies suggest statin drugs are associated with a higher risk of diabetes, which is a major risk factor for heart disease. Dr. Bowden and I agree that while Big Pharmacies are busy raking in over $31 billion annually by selling high-cholesterol

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New Statin Medication Guidelines May Double Use

…cause accelerated coronary artery disease even in those younger than 50. However, there are people with this genetic variant who have extremely high cholesterol levels and live well into their 80s and 90s. It doesn't make sense to treat a high LDL number in the absence of this genetic situation. So this…

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Must-Have Tests for Heart Risk Factors

…critical tests you need to evaluate your personal risk for heart disease. Roughly 90 percent of all cardiovascular disease has no symptoms at all. High cholesterol doesn’t make you feel ill, and high blood pressure seldom does. And for about half the people who have coronary artery disease, their first…

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Is a Low-Fat Vegetarian Diet Healthy for Your Heart?

…As many of you know from reading my newest book, The Great Cholesterol Myth, I’ve debunked the long-held theory that hypercholesterolemia (high cholesterol) is a disease. I also pointed out the dangers of statin drugs and their many side effects, despite the fact that statins have remained the treatment…

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