Red Yeast Rice
Red yeast rice is touted as a cholesterol-reducer. WebMD explains why the FDA banned a few supplements containing its extract and why more research is needed into its health benefits.
High Cholesterol - Other Treatment
Most people who have high cholesterol can be successfully treated with medicine and lifestyle changes. If high cholesterol causes coronary artery disease, you eventually may need surgery to open a blocked artery. ...
High Triglycerides - Cause
The most common causes of high triglycerides are obesity and poorly controlled diabetes. If you are overweight and are not active, you may have high triglycerides, especially if you eat a lot of carbohydrate or sugary foods or drink a lot of alcohol. Binge drinking (of alcohol) can cause dangerous spikes in triglyceride levels that can trigger inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis).Other ...
High Cholesterol: Making Lifestyle Changes
Not all cholesterol is bad. HDL is called "good cholesterol" because it helps keep "bad" LDL cholesterol from building up in your arteries. High levels of HDL (60 or above) can help protect you from heart attack and stroke. You can raise your HDL levels by: Eating a balanced diet. Getting active. Losing weight. Quitting smoking. Taking certain medicines. What is HDL? Why should you raise ...
High Triglycerides - Treatment Overview
Reducing weight, limiting fat and sugars in your diet, cutting down on alcohol, and increasing activity may lower triglycerides. Medicines may be used if you have risk factors for coronary artery disease (CAD). In this case, your doctor may first want to lower your LDL ("bad") cholesterol level and raise your HDL ("good") cholesterol level before adding medicine to lower your triglycerides. ...
High Cholesterol - What Happens
Either high LDL cholesterol or low HDL cholesterol may lead to the buildup of cholesterol (plaque) in artery walls. This buildup, called atherosclerosis, hardens and narrows arteries and reduces blood flow to body tissues, including the heart muscle. Atherosclerosis can lead to:Coronary artery disease (CAD), which can cause chest pain, heart attack, heart failure, or irregular heartbeat ...
High Cholesterol - Health Tools
Health tools help you make wise health decisions or take action to improve your health.Decision Points focus on key medical care decisions that are important to many health problems. Should I take statins for high cholesterol? ...
High Cholesterol - What Increases Your Risk
Some things that increase your risk for high cholesterol are within your control; some are not. It is important to lower your risk as much as possible. Things you can control include:Eating a high - saturated - fat, high - cholesterol diet, which may raise LDL cholesterol and lower HDL cholesterol.Being overweight, which lowers HDL and may raise LDL.Not getting enough regular physical activity, wh
High Triglycerides - Symptoms
High triglycerides by themselves do not cause symptoms. If your high triglycerides are caused by a genetic condition, you may have visible fatty deposits under the skin called xanthomas. In rare cases, people who have very high triglyceride levels may develop inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis), which can cause sudden, severe abdominal pain, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting, and ...
High Cholesterol - Prevention
Eating a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, getting plenty of exercise, managing your weight, and not smoking can help prevent high cholesterol. Because cholesterol levels tend to increase with age, paying attention to diet and exercise is particularly important as you get older.Remember that high cholesterol is just one of the things that increase your risk for coronary artery disease ...