You've heard it repeatedly: there are two kinds of cholesterol: the good high density lipoprotein (HDL) and the "bad" low density lipoprotein (LDL). Now a researcher at Texas A&M University has come to the defense of LDL and says that it may not be so bad after all. In fact, it helps build muscle.
In the U.S. alone, almost 30 million people regularly take statins. Chances are good that you or someone you know is taking a statin drug. These drugs, popularly known as cholesterol lowering medications for preventing heart disease, are among the most widely prescribed drugs in the world, with annual sales of tens of billions of dollars.
Statin drugs are a sweetheart alright - a $25 billion a year industry sweetheart that is! Not only are they the best-selling drug class out there, but they provide an almost endless list of side effects that assure the hapless taker a lifetime of expensive medical treatment. Statins are a Big Pharma dream-come-true./hr5>
Heart Disease -High Cholesterol Fat and cholesterol are virtually interchangeable words these days and both have negative connotations, neither of which is strictly correct.
Including high-cholesterol foods as part of a healthy diet may not be the poor dietary choice we have all been told it is, suggests a new study published in the journal Nature Medicine.
A recent study supports previous findings that suggest garlic may reduce cholesterol.
I start to think it a dead horse then, I see this same scenario play out again, patients come to me terrified of their own cholesterol, in a panic because another doctor told them to take a drug to lower their cholesterol or die of a heart attack.
If the diagnosis of high cholesterol sounds like a death sentence to your ears, you may be the victim of cholesterol propaganda.
Lowering cholesterol levels has been a major focus of the medical profession for the last three decades.