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  1. 'Very Low' Risk From Statin Cholesterol Drugs

    May 23, 2005 -- Statin drugs, which lower dangerous cholesterol levels, have "very low risk" of kidney and severe muscle side effects, says Richard Karas, MD, PhD. However, among available statins -- Crestor, Lipitor, Pravachol, and Zocor -- the FDA received more reports of those problems with Crest

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  2. Trans Fats May Raise Risk of Gallstones

    May 11, 2005 -- Eating a lot of trans fats (trans-fatty acids) could raise the risk of gallstone disease, researchers report in the Archives of Internal Medicine. Their 14-year study of almost 46,000 men showed that those who consumed the most trans fats had a 23% higher risk of gallstone disease th

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  3. Veggies Add Vim to Low-Fat Diet

    May 2, 2005 -- You can lower your cholesterol with a low-fat diet. But you get twice the bang for your buck if you eat lots of vegetables, fruits, and whole grains. For years, Americans were told to avoid fats. But it's not enough to avoid unhealthy foods. New dietary guidelines stress the value of

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  4. Baycol Removed From Market

    In August 2001, the FDA pulled the cholesterol-lowering drug Baycol off the market. The drug appeared to be responsible for 31 deaths. Baycol is a member of a class of drugs known a statins, which reduce cholesterol by blocking an enzyme that is involved in the formation of cholesterol. However, a p

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  5. FDA Rejects Bid to Ban Cholesterol Drug

    March 14, 2005 - Federal health regulators on Monday rejected a consumer group's call to ban the cholesterol-lowering statin drug Crestor a consumer group's call to ban the cholesterol-lowering statin drug Crestor because of fears that it puts users at a high risk for muscle and kidney damage. The F

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  6. FDA Updates Crestor Warning Information

    March 3, 2005 -- The FDA has issued a public health advisory to further explain the risks and benefits of the cholesterol-lowering drug Crestor. The drug will now carry a new label that includes new recommended doses for patients at a higher risk of muscle damage, including Asian patients. "The FDA

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  7. The Skinny on Cholesterol

    Here's what you need to know to keep yours low

  8. How High Is Your Cholesterol Level?

    Feb. 10, 2005 -- Not enough adults are getting a simple test that could save their lives, the CDC says. Only about two-thirds of the adult population routinely have their cholesterol level checked, according to a report in the CDC's Feb. 11 edition of the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. Heart

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  9. Diet Can Lower Bad Cholesterol Like Statin Drug

    Feb. 8, 2005 -- Load up on fiber and vegetables: They lower cholesterol almost as much as cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, Canadian researchers report. Here's your shopping list: Cholesterol-lowering margarines containing plant fats such as "Benecol" or "Take Control", soy proteins and soluble fib

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  10. FDA Mulls Over-the-Counter Cholesterol Drug

    Jan. 13, 2005 -- An FDA expert advisory panel is considering whether a popular cholesterol-lowering drug can be sold without a prescription. The panel is scheduled to vote Friday on whether the statin drug Mevacor, sold generically as lovastatin, can be used safely without the aid of a doctor. But F

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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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