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Risks of High Cholesterol

Cholesterol Risk Factors

One of the key measurements doctors use to determine a person's risk of having a heart attack in the next ten years is cholesterol. As well, high cholesterol carries no symptoms, so assessing your likelihood of high cholesterol is important. Though uncontrollable considerations like age, gender, and heredity contribute to the risk of high cholesterol, there are several cholesterol risk factors you can control - meaning you can reduce your risk of high cholesterol with lifestyle changes. If you have some of these cholesterol risk factors, you might want to discuss cholesterol testing and a plan to lower cholesterol with your doctor....(more)

Why Is Cholesterol Important For You To Monitor?

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, and high blood cholesterol is one of the major risk factors for heart disease. Lowering cholesterol levels to the range recommended by the American Heart Association is important. Ideally, cholesterol can be lowered via diet and exercise but sometimes more is needed. Measuring progress against the four key cholesterol measures over time will help you and your doctor determine the best medical course of action to minimize heart disease risk due to cholesterol levels....(more)

The Thyroid And Cholesterol Connection

While high cholesterol is usually caused by either genetics or lifestyle - poor diet and little exercise - it can also be a sign of a metabolic issue such as diabetes and hypothyroidism, an underactive thyroid....(more)

High Cholesterol In Children

With kid-targeted, grape-flavored chewable Lipitor approved for sale in the European Union, and millions of 'adult' cholesterol-lowering statins (like Lipitor) prescribed by pediatricians for children in the US, it's clear that high cholesterol in children is both a health issue and a potentially rich new market for pharmaceutical companies....(more)


Improving Your Cholesterol Level: Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar has been used for years as a home remedy - or alternative medicine - for medical issues ranging from acid reflux to arthritis, cholesterol, and even diabetes. But does apple cider vinegar really work for conditions as serious as cholesterol and diabetes?...(more)

Medical Overview: Do You Need Cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a molecule produced by animals, including humans. While cholesterol plays a huge role in the development of heart disease and certain cancers, cholesterol itself is not bad. In fact, you do need cholesterol for certain essential bodily functions. The more interesting question is whether you need cholesterol from dietary sources....(more)

Overlooked Benefits of Maintaining Healthy Cholesterol Levels

Cholesterol is often erroneously perceived as something to avoid entirely. However, high cholesterol levels are what should be avoided. Maintaining healthy cholesterol levels is essential for your good health....(more)

Increasing HDL

Potential Causes for Abnormally Low Cholesterol Levels

Abnormally low cholesterol, also known by the formal name hypolipidemia, is a condition that negatively affects your health. Even though low levels of cholesterol are associated with a lowered risk for cardiovascular disease, abnormally low cholesterol sometimes causes a number of other problems. Below are some of the most common causes for very low cholesterol levels in men and women....(more)

Common Causes of Very Low Cholesterol

Having very low cholesterol causes a variety of problems for your body, such as infection and inflammation. While low cholesterol reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, your body still needs cholesterol to produce digestive cells, hormones and to improve cell membranes....(more)

How to Know When Your HDL Levels Are Too Low

HDL, or high-density lipoprotein, is one of the five lipoproteins that transport cholesterol through your blood stream. HDL is considered protective to the heart as it removes unwanted cholesterol back to the liver where it is recycled or excreted. HDL also cleans the inner walls of your blood vessels and keeps them healthy, reducing your risk of developing plaque....(more)

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Karen Swanson

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With a family history of high cholesterol and a strong desire to avoid cholesterol-lowering statin medication, Karen Swanson has been researching and writing about cholesterol for several years. Her blog,, focuses on both deciphering cholesterol research reports as well as providing low-fat recipes and exercise information - basically, how... Read More

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