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  1. Statin Withdrawal Hard on the Heart

    March 14, 2006 (Atlanta) -- Stopping cholesterol-lowering statin drugs after long-term use packs not one, but two potentially deadly punches to the heart. That's the bottom line of a new study that shows that people who discontinued taking the drugs experienced rapid rises in both C-reactive protein

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  2. Cholesterol-Lowering Diet Packs Punch

    March 10, 2006 -- Eating a mostly plant-based diet rich in several cholesterol-lowering foods may lower cholesterol levels nearly as effectively as taking cholesterol-lowering statin drugs. A new study showed people who ate a diet rich in cholesterol-lowering foods, such as soy protein, almonds, pla

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  3. Noni Juice: Can It Lower Cholesterol?

    March 2, 2006 - Early research suggests that a commercially available juice made from a plant used for centuries in Polynesian folk medicine may have heart-healthy benefits, but all agree that larger studies are needed to confirm the finding. Researchers report that significant reductions in total c

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  4. Grapefruit May Improve Cholesterol

    Feb. 10, 2006 -- Grapefruit -- especially red grapefruit -- may improve cholesterol, according to a new study. Natural compounds called antioxidants may get the credit, but that's not certain, the researchers note. However, grapefruit and grapefruit juice interact with several types of medicine, inc

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  5. Pistachios Pummel Cholesterol

    Dec. 9, 2005 -- Pistachios and sunflower seeds may be some of the best snacks for people watching their cholesterol levels. A new study shows pistachios and sunflower seeds contain the most cholesterol-lowering phytosterols of commonly eaten nuts and seeds. Phytosterols are a group of chemicals foun

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  6. Kids' Low-Fat Diet Helps Heart Later

    Dec. 5, 2005 - Cutting the saturated fat in children's diets now may lower their risk of heart disease or stroke later in life. A new Finnish study shows that boys who were fed a low-saturated-fat diet from infancy through their first 10 years had lower cholesterol levels, healthier arteries, and a

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  7. Cut Stress, Help Your Cholesterol

    Nov. 22, 2005 -- How you handle stress could affect your cholesterol levels, for better or worse, according to new research from London. No one knows exactly how it works. But in a nutshell, the findings go like this: If you melt down under pressure, letting stress run amok, your cholesterol may wor

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  8. The Baby Boomer Heart: Cholesterol Rising

    If you are active and young enough to think that "middle age" begins at 60, you're probably a baby boomer who never thought you'd need to worry about high cholesterol. That's something that happens to "older" people, but not you! The truth is, if you're 45 to 60 -- or even younger -- you're at risk.

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  9. Very Low Cholesterol Is Safe

    Oct. 11, 2005 -- Just how low can you safely go when it comes to reducing your LDL "bad" cholesterol? Even lower than current guidelines say you should, a new study shows. Patients taking high doses of cholesterol-lowering drugs need not worry that their LDL will drop too low, researchers from Harva

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  10. Americans' Cholesterol Levels Falling

    Oct. 11, 2005 -- Older Americans' cholesterol levels have declined significantly in recent years, but younger adults may not be faring as well in the battle against artery-clogging cholesterol. A new study shows that average total cholesterol levels among men aged 60 to 74 years have decreased by 28

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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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