When to Consider an Alternative to Statins

If your LDL levels remain stubbornly high or you develop intolerable side effects, such as persistent muscle pain, you may be a candidate for other cholesterol-lowering medications.

When Good Goes Bad: The Mystery of HDL

Credit: Thinkstock We’ve come to know high-density lipoproteins (HDL) as the cholesterol “good guys” who get rid of the low-density lipoprotein (LDL) “bad guys.” The LDL bad guys earned their nickname from collecting on arterial walls, forming deposi...
Judi Ebbert, PhD, MPH, RN

Lower Your Cholesterol While Counting Carbs

Credit: Thinkstock Carbohydrate counting (a.k.a., “carb counting”) is often recommended for diabetics. However, when following a carb-counting diet, you also can make choices to promote lower cholesterol levels, which can reduce the risk of heart dis...
Lisa Nelson, RD, LN

The Latest Medications to Lower LDL

Today’s drug research is informed by genomic advances that are contributing to the creation of personalized therapies for many disorders, including high LDL,
Judi Ebbert, PhD, MPH, RN

5 Statin Side Effects to Know About

Statin medications lower “bad” cholesterol and help ward off heart disease. But the drugs may also have other wide-ranging and sometimes negative effects.

1 in 5 Has High Cholesterol

Here’s a statistic that should floor you: One in five American children and teens have abnormal levels of cholesterol. Their LDL or bad cholesterol is too high _or_their HDL or good cholesterol, which has a protective role, is too low (or both).
Amy Hendel

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