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  1. 9 Genes May Sway Cholesterol Levels

    March 20, 2008 -- Your cholesterol levels may be affected by at least nine genes, and those genes may sway your cardiovascular risk, a new study shows. In the study, certain variations in those nine genes were linked to HDL ("good") and LDL ("bad") cholesterol levels, and also to the odds of dying f

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  2. Not All Trans Fats Are Equally Risky

    March 7, 2008 -- Trans fats have long been the bane of dietitians because they raise levels of artery-clogging LDL cholesterol and lower "good" HDL cholesterol levels -- which increase the risk of heart disease. Yet two new studies show that not all trans fats are created equal, and natural trans fa

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  3. High Cholesterol? Dietitian May Help

    March 7, 2008 -- Looking to tame your high cholesterol? New research shows what results you might get if you consult a registered dietitian. The University of Michigan's Katherine Rhodes, PhD, RD, and colleagues studied data on 219 U.S. adults with high cholesterol. All of the patients consulted a r

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  4. Study Links Statin Use to Tendon Injury

    Feb. 28, 2008 -- New research suggests a link between the use of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs and tendon injury, but the study falls short of proving an association, a cholesterol expert tells WebMD. Millions of people worldwide use medications like Lipitor, Zocor, Crestor, and other statins to

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  5. 2 New LDL Cholesterol Genes Found

    Feb. 7, 2008 -- An international team of scientists today announced its discovery of two genes that affect LDL ("bad") cholesterol levels. Those genes might make good targets for new drugs that lower LDL cholesterol, the researchers report. Meanwhile, here's what you can do about your cholesterol wh

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  6. Vytorin Study to Get FDA Review

    Jan. 25, 2008 -- The FDA says it will explore the medical mystery of why Vytorin cuts cholesterol but doesn't seem to reduce plaque in the arteries. Vytorin is a combination of two different types of cholesterol-lowering drugs: Zetia, which blocks cholesterol absorption in the gut, and Zocor, one of

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  7. Study Casts Doubts on Vytorin, Zetia

    Jan. 15, 2008 -- Disappointing results from a long-awaited trial of the best-selling cholesterol drug Vytorin drew mixed reactions from some of the nation's leading cardiologists. Vytorin, which combines the unique cholesterol drug Zetia with the traditional statin drug simvastatin, was found to be

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  8. Heartier Benefits Seen From Oatmeal

    Jan. 11, 2008 -- Oatmeal may do more for your heart's health than lower LDL (bad) cholesterol, a new research review shows. It's been more than a decade since the FDA approved a heart-health claim for oatmeal and other foods made from whole oats, such as oat bran and oat flour. Those products are al

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  9. FDA Panel Rejects OTC Cholesterol Drug

    Dec. 13, 2007 -- Expert advisors urged the FDA to reject a drug company's bid to sell a cholesterol-lowering drug without a doctor's prescription. This was a major setback in Merck & Co's years-long effort to sell Mevacor over the counter. The company maintains that Mevacor is safe and that the pote

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  10. Total Cholesterol Improves in U.S.

    Dec. 12, 2007 -- Total cholesterol is improving among U.S. adults, so much so that the U.S. has met its cholesterol goal early. The CDC announced that news today, citing the nation's latest total cholesterol statistics. The data, gathered in 2005-2006, show that U.S. adults' average total cholestero

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Congratulations! Your total cholesterol level is in the Desirable range, and your level of "bad" LDL cholesterol is optimal.

Congratulations! Your total cholesterol level is in the Desirable range, and your level of "bad" LDL cholesterol is near optimal.

Your total cholesterol level is in the Desirable range, but your level of "bad" LDL cholesterol is borderline high. If your LDL goes higher, your total cholesterol level could become Borderline High. Consider reducing the amount of foods you eat with saturated fats and increasing physical activity. If you get more exercise, your level of "good" HDL cholesterol may increase, which could also help to keep your levels of LDL and total cholesterol in check.

Your total cholesterol level is in the Desirable range, but your level of "bad" LDL cholesterol is High. This may mean that your level of high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or "good" cholesterol, is too low. It is best to have a high level of "good" HDL and a low level of "bad" LDL. The HDL helps keep your LDL level in check. Ask your doctor for your HDL level. If your HDL is low, increasing your physical activity can increase it, which may help reduce your LDL level.

Your total cholesterol level is in the Desirable range, but your level of "bad" LDL cholesterol is Very High. This may mean that your level of high-density lipoprotein (HDL), or "good" cholesterol, is too low. It is best to have a high level of "good" HDL and a low level of "bad" LDL because the HDL helps keep your LDL level in check. Ask your doctor for your HDL level. If your HDL is low, increasing your physical activity can increase it, which may help reduce your LDL level.

Your total cholesterol level is Borderline High, but fortunately your level of "bad" LDL cholesterol is optimal. This could mean you have a high level of high-density lipoprotein, or "good" HDL cholesterol, which protects against heart disease. Or you could have other non-measured increases in LDL-like particles that can increase heart disease. Your LDL level also could be optimal if you are taking a statin medication. Please check with your doctor to get your complete lipid profile and see if you may need additional treatment. In the meantime, find more information on WebMD's Cholesterol Health Center.

Your total cholesterol level is Borderline High, but fortunately your level of "bad" LDL cholesterol is near optimal. This could mean you have a high level of high-density lipoprotein, or "good" HDL cholesterol, which protects against heart disease. Or you could have other non-measured increases in LDL-like particles that can increase heart disease. Your LDL level also could be optimal if you are taking a statin medication. Please check with your doctor to get your complete lipid profile and see if you may need additional treatment. In the meantime, find more information on WebMD's Cholesterol Health Center.

Your total cholesterol level is Borderline High. Your level of "bad" LDL cholesterol is Borderline High, too. Working to bring down your total cholesterol decreases your LDL cholesterol level. You can do this by exercising more and eating less food with saturated fats. Check food labels!

Your total cholesterol level is Borderline High. Your level of "bad" LDL cholesterol is High. Working to bring down your total cholesterol decreases your LDL cholesterol level. You can do this by exercising more and eating less food with saturated fats. Check food labels!

Your total cholesterol level is Borderline High. But your level of "bad" LDL cholesterol is Very High. Working to bring down your total cholesterol decreases your LDL cholesterol level. You can do this by exercising more and eating less food with saturated fats. Check food labels!

Your total cholesterol is High, but your level of "bad" LDL cholesterol is optimal. This could mean you have a high level of high-density lipoprotein, or "good" HDL cholesterol, which protects against heart disease. Or you could have elevated secondary lipids, such as non-HDL particles that increase the risk of heart disease. Your LDL level also could be optimal if you are taking a statin medication. Please check with your doctor to get your complete lipid profile and see if you may need additional treatment. In the meantime, find more information on WebMD's Cholesterol Health Center.

Your total cholesterol is High, but your level of "bad" LDL cholesterol is near optimal. This could mean you have a high level of high-density lipoprotein, or "good" HDL cholesterol, which protects against heart disease. Or you could have elevated secondary lipids, such as non-HDL particles that increase the risk of heart disease. Your LDL level also could be optimal if you are taking a statin medication. Please check with your doctor to get your complete lipid profile and see if you may need additional treatment. In the meantime, find more information on WebMD's Cholesterol Health Center.

Your total cholesterol level is High. Your level of "bad" LDL cholesterol is Borderline High. Working to bring down your total cholesterol decreases your LDL cholesterol level. You can do this by exercising more and eating less food with saturated fats. Check food labels!

Your total cholesterol level is High. Your level of "bad" LDL cholesterol is High, too. Working to bring down your total cholesterol decreases your LDL cholesterol level. You can do this by exercising more and eating less food with saturated fats. Check food labels! If you are struggling to bring down your total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol levels, your doctor may prescribe medication, such as statins. Following medication, dietary, and exercise instructions should result in improvements.

Your total cholesterol level is High, and your level of "bad" LDL cholesterol is Very High. Working to bring down your total cholesterol decreases your LDL cholesterol level. You can do this by exercising more and eating less food with saturated fats. Check food labels! If you are struggling to bring down your total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol levels, your doctor may prescribe statins or other cholesterol-lowering medications.

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