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What to do about cholesterol and triglycerides

The blood lipids - cholesterol and triglycerides - are vitally important in preventing and treating heart disease. Here is information on what all those numbers mean, as well as on lowering the "bad" cholesterol and triglycerides, and raising the "good" cholesterol.
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Should Children Really Get Drug Therapy For Cholesterol?
The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has just released new recommendations on treating lipid and cholesterol disorders in children that include new uses for statin drugs.

Update on Red Yeast Rice
An extract of red yeast rice, which contains lovastatin, can reduce cardiac risk. But it might be safer and more effective (and even cheaper) to take a generic statin.

After ENHANCE, How Important Is Lower Cholesterol?
Now that the ENHANCE trial results are available, how viable is the idea that lower LDL cholesterol is still important?

The ENHANCE Trial and What It Means
The ENHANCE trial, designed to show that lowering cholesterol with Vytorin works better than lowering cholesterol with a statin, did not turn out the way the designers had hoped.

Do Statins Really Make People Stupid?
While some insist that statins produce cognitive disorders, studies to date have failed to prove an association between statins and memory loss. Learn more about this purported statin side effect.

Do Statins Prevent Alzheimer Disease?
Older adults who died while taking statins have less evidence of Alzheimer disease than elderly patients not taking statins, according to a 2007 study of brain autopsies.

The Risk of Cancer with Statins
A new study suggests an association between low LDL cholesterol levels achieved with statins, and the risk of cancer.

Is It The LDL, Or Is It The Statin?
It may be the statins themselves, and not the LDL lowering, that reduces risk.

Policosanol a Bust?
New study suggests policosanol does not reduce lipids

Long Term Statin Therapy Reduces Risk
Long term statin therapy reduces risk

New Drug for Raising HDL
Torcetrapib, an HDL-raising drug, looks promising

Triple drug combo for raising HDL
A regimen of 3 drugs significantly raised HDL levels

Cholesterol and Triglycerides
Articles about cholesterol and triglycerides

Before You Buy Statins
A primer on the statins

Treat the Risk, Not the Cholesterol
Statins may reduce risk even with "normal" cholesterol

Transfatty Acids and the Heart
Transfatty acids and their negative effects on the heart.

New Guidelines on LDL Cholesterol
Latest recommendations from an expert panel on lowering LDL cholesterol.

Sorting Through the Statins
An article on the statin drugs, their similarities and differences

Non-prescription cholesterol lowering
How to lower your cholesterol without prescription drugs.

Trans-fatty Acids and the Heart
Trans-fatty acids (trans fats) are not as healthy as once thought, and in fact can be very detrimental to heart health.

How To Raise Your HDL Levels
Increasing HDL ("good" cholesterol) levels

Metabolic Syndrome X
Metabolic Syndrome is a growing cause of heart disease.

LDL Cholesterol - The Lower The Better?
New evidence that current targets for LDL aren't low enough

Statins May Be Helpful Even With "Normal" Cholesterol
Evidence exists suggesting statins should be used to reduce risk, not just cholesterol.

Atorvastatin May Halt Coronary Disease
The REVERSAL study offers evidence that intense statin therapy can actually halt the progression of coronary artery disease.

Fibric acid - definition
definition of fibric acid

Statins and muscle weakness
A brief review of statins and muscle weakness

Lowering triglycerides
How to lower triglycerides

Statins and Cancer
What we know about the statin drugs and cancer.

New Cholesterol Guidelines From the NHLBI - 2013

Controversy Erupts Over New Cardiac Risk Calculator

The Dark Side of “Good” Cholesterol
HDL cholesterol (so-called "good cholesterol") is not universally good. Here's what you should know about the latest on HDL cholesterol.

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