Category Archives: Cholesterol

Should you take a statin to decrease chance of dementia?

Should you take a statin to decrease chance of dementia?  No.  What?  We medical-sorts link “educated” logic together.  And, many times this is wrong. It would seem intuitive that vascular dementia (when the brain doesn’t get enough blood) can be … Continue reading

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Asthma increases women’s heart disease risk

A history of asthma was independently associated with a 24% increase in the risk of new-onset heart disease (meaning strokes and heart attacks) among postmenopausal women. The Women’s Health Initiative study including 90,168 women between ages 50 – 79 showed … Continue reading

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Can red-yeast rice be taken instead of a statin drug?

Not really.  Here in the United States, the red-yeast rice extract that contains naturally-occurring lovastatin (a statin drug) is not FDA approved. In contrast, in China red-yeast rice is a common dietary and medicinal product.  Their red-yeast rice contains a wide range of … Continue reading

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Do you need to fast before cholesterol lab?

No…  but, occasionally yes.  A study of over 209,000 cholesterol labs found that if we are only looking at total cholesterol and LDL (bad) cholesterol, that patients do NOT need to fast.  The triglycerides (another part of the cholesterol/lipid panel) will … Continue reading

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Fiber. The holy grail?

Fiber is a simple and cheap intervention which can help with a whole host of problems. The recommended amount of daily dietary fiber is 20-35 grams. Total dietary fiber is a combination of both insoluble (the kind you can’t break … Continue reading

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Boost your good cholesterol.

Yes, there is good cholesterol. Good cholesterol, HDL (high-density lipoprotein) , helps shuttle artery-clogging LDL to the liver for removal from the body.  There are a few ways to increase HDL.  Exercising daily (even walking 10,000 steps per day counts) … Continue reading

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Cholesterol Mythbuster

Researchers have been looking into the thought that raising HDL (the good cholesterol) levels will decrease cardiovascular events (like heart attack and stroke). But, “say it ain’t so!”… the NIH study of over 3,400 patients showed no impact on major … Continue reading

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