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Some Foods Can Be Cholesterol Fighters

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WEDNESDAY, Dec. 12, 2018 – Watching your cholesterol has gotten easier. Nutrition experts now agree that foods high in cholesterol, like shrimp, don't have the impact on blood cholesterol that was once thought. So depending on your current cholesterol count, you may not have to curtail your intake of many formerly forbidden foods. Even better news – some foods can bring down your cholesterol ...

Do Diabetics Really Need to Fast for Blood Tests?

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TUESDAY, Dec. 11, 2018 – Fasting before a cholesterol blood test is just a nuisance for most people, but for those with diabetes, it can be dangerous. New research shows that up to 22 percent of people with diabetes who fasted for lab tests had a low blood sugar episode (hypoglycemia) while waiting for the test. The researchers also found that only about one-third of those who had a low blood ...

AHA: New Report Emphasizes Safety of Statins

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MONDAY, Dec. 10, 2018 (American Heart Association) – The benefits of the cholesterol-lowering medicines called statins far outweigh any risk of side effects, according to a new analysis of decades of scientific research. In fact, side effects of statins are rare, according to a new American Heart Association scientific statement published Dec. 10 in the journal Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and ...

Few Americans Have Optimal 'Metabolic Health'

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TUESDAY, Dec. 4, 2018 – Only about one in eight American adults has what is known as good metabolic health, a new study finds. This is an "alarmingly low" rate, according to researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Good metabolic health means having ideal measures of five factors without taking medications: blood sugar; triglycerides; good cholesterol (high-density ...

AHA: Have Diabetes? Make Sure to Manage Cholesterol, Too

Posted 19 Nov 2018 by

MONDAY, Nov. 19, 2018 (American Heart Association) – For people with diabetes, blood sugar isn't the only important measurement. New cholesterol guidelines suggest the more than 110 million U.S. adults with diabetes or prediabetes also should manage their cholesterol. The guidelines released earlier this month during the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions conference suggest doctors ...

AHA: 3 Things to Know About Cholesterol

Posted 12 Nov 2018 by

MONDAY, Nov. 12, 2018 (American Heart Association) – With the release of new guidelines for treating and managing cholesterol, there may be questions not only about the changes in the update, but about cholesterol itself. Most people know that high cholesterol is bad. But there's a bigger picture involved when determining what's considered too high. Put another way, the same number could be in ...

New Cholesterol Guidelines Focus on Personalized Approach

Posted 11 Nov 2018 by

SATURDAY, Nov. 10, 2018 – A lifelong approach to lowering cholesterol, starting in some kids as young as 2, is the United States' best bet to lower everyone's risk of heart attack and stroke, according to updated guidelines released Saturday by the American Heart Association (AHA). "Personalized" cholesterol-fighting tactics recommended by the guidelines include: More detailed risk assessments, ...

Health Tip: Tracking High Triglycerides

Posted 6 Nov 2018 by

-- Triglycerides are a type of fat (lipid) that's found in your blood. If your triglycerides are too high, you're at greater risk of heart disease and stroke, says the American College of Cardiology, which recommends routine blood testing. Here are the group's suggestions for lowering high triglycerides: Get more exercise. Cut down on calories, eat fiber-rich food, limit alcohol, eat foods rich ...

AHA: The Study and Town That Changed the Health of a Generation

Posted 10 Oct 2018 by

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 10, 2018 (American Heart Association) – It's been 70 years since a small, middle-class community 23 miles west of Boston became the linchpin in helping to solve the mysteries of heart disease. Smoking. Cholesterol. Blood pressure. Obesity. It's common knowledge today that these all can lead to heart trouble. But in the 1940s, with one in two deaths caused by cardiovascular ...

Health Tip: Maintain Healthy Cholesterol

Posted 24 Sep 2018 by

-- If you have high cholesterol, you are at greater risk of developing a number of health problems, such as heart disease and stroke, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says. High cholesterol often lacks symptoms, so cholesterol should be checked early in life, between ages 9 and 12, between ages 17 and 19, and at least every five years in adulthood. The CDC suggests how to ...

'Million Hearts' Project Aims to Prevent 1 Million Cardiac Crises

Posted 6 Sep 2018 by

THURSDAY, Sept. 6, 2018 – Millions of Americans aren't taking simple steps that could ward off a potentially fatal heart attack or stroke, a new government report shows. Heart attacks, strokes and other heart-related conditions caused 2.2 million hospitalizations in 2016, new research from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found. Many of these emergencies occurred because ...

Could Too Much 'Good' HDL Cholesterol Be Bad for Your Heart?

Posted 27 Aug 2018 by

MONDAY, Aug. 27, 2018 – When it comes to protecting one's heart, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol – or HDL – has long had a reputation of being the "good" cholesterol, compared to the "bad" cholesterol – LDL (low-density lipoprotein). But new research suggests that there could be too much of a "good" thing. Very high blood levels of HDL cholesterol may actually be bad for you. The ...

Tap Into the Health Powers of Garlic

Posted 27 Jul 2018 by

FRIDAY, July 27, 2018 – As scientists look into the effects of diet on health, they're finding that more and more everyday foods offer benefits that go well beyond making dishes tastier. Garlic, an ingredient found in almost every cuisine, has emerged as one such superfood. Part of the allium family, which includes onions and leeks, garlic has a number of compounds that supply its ...

When 'Good' Cholesterol Is Bad for Older Women

Posted 20 Jul 2018 by

FRIDAY, July 20, 2018 – HDL cholesterol may be known as the "good" kind, but a new study suggests high levels of it are not always a good thing for women after menopause. The study, of nearly 1,400 postmenopausal women, found that those with higher HDL levels were more likely to show "plaques" in their carotid arteries. Those arteries supply blood to the brain, and plaque buildup there signals ...

AHA: Can a Daily Cup of Tea Do a Heart Good?

Posted 25 Jun 2018 by

MONDAY, June 25, 2018 (American Heart Association) – The latest study on the coffee alternative suggests at least a cup a day may help your body cling to heart-helping "good cholesterol" as you age. Previous research has suggested more tea may significantly lower the risk of heart disease and stroke by reducing low-density lipoprotein, or LDL, the "bad" cholesterol that can build up in arteries. ...

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