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  1. Walking Before Eating Offsets Fatty Feasts

    Dec. 22, 2004 -- Lace up your walking shoes before hitting the holiday banquet table. Just one long walk can protect your heart from fatty foods, making it easier to eat, drink, and be merry with minimal guilt. Recent studies show an association between fatty meals and an immediate decrease in blood

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  2. If Bush Needs a Cholesterol-Lowering Drug, Do You?

    Dec. 14, 2004 -- If the county's top doctors say President Bush, an avid exerciser they describe as being in "excellent" health, needs a cholesterol-lowering statin drug, do you, too? Although the team of specialists at the National Naval Center in Bethesda, Md., declared President George W. Bush "f

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  3. Barley Helps Lower Cholesterol

    Dec. 8, 2004 -- Barley deserves a place on your plate if you're trying to curb your cholesterol, a new study suggests. The grain contains soluble fiber, the type found in many fruits, vegetables, and oats, and appears to lower cholesterol. High cholesterol levels are a risk factor for heart disease,

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  4. Birth Weight, High Cholesterol Not Linked

    Dec. 7, 2004 -- Don't blame your mother for your high cholesterol, a new study suggests. Despite studies to the contrary, low birth weight only slightly affects cholesterol later in life. This new report appears in the latest issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association. The fairly contr

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  5. FDA Expert Examines Cholesterol Drug Safety

    Nov. 22, 2004 -- Despite concerns about popular cholesterol-lowering "statin" drugs, a new study shows that most of these drugs have a low risk of a serious muscle disorder. The study was released early in response to controversial statements from an FDA scientist last week. That scientist, David J.

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  6. Grape Juice Raises 'Good' Cholesterol Levels

    Nov. 19, 2004 -- Move over, wine. Nonalcoholic grape juice may also be heart-friendly, raising levels of HDL ("good") cholesterol, according to a new study. The findings are reported in a letter to the editor of the November edition of Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology. The study wa

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  7. Tablet Splitting Can Save You a Bundle

    Nov. 11, 2004 (New Orleans) -- A Florida pharmacist has hit upon an antidote to the skyrocketing cost of some prescription drugs: splitting the tablets in half. David Parra, a clinical pharmacist at the West Palm Beach VA Medical Center, tells WebMD that tablet splitting of one popular cholesterol-l

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  8. Downside to Cholesterol-Cutting Herbal Drug

    Sept. 24, 2004 -- Gugulipid has been shown to lower cholesterol but now appears to have some unwanted side effects. Researchers say the over-the-counter herbal drug can break down prescription drugs, such as those used to fight AIDS and cancer. As a result, researcher Jeff Staudinger, PhD, of the ph

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  9. Naturally Low Cholesterol Promotes Long Life

    Aug. 31, 2004 -- Middle-aged men who are naturally blessed with low total cholesterol levels or those who achieve them through a healthy diet and exercise may reap the benefits for decades to come. A new Finnish study suggests that men who have low cholesterol in midlife are more likely to live long

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  10. Grapes May Cut Cholesterol and Blood Fats

    Aug. 27, 2004 -- Looking to lower your cholesterol and blood fats? Help may be as close as a bunch of grapes. Grapes contain a compound called pterostilbene that may reduce cholesterol and triglycerides -- a type of blood fat -- just as well as a prescription drug. That finding was reported this wee

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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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