By: Joe Graedon January 24, 2022 18 Comments
    What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About the Stat…

    Statins such as atorvastatin or simvastatin are extremely effective at lowering circulating levels of cholesterol. Doctors prescribe them to reduce the chance that a patient will have a heart attack o…

    By: Terry Graedon January 17, 2022 24 Comments
    Do Glucosamine and Chondroitin Increase Your Cho…

    What happens if you take something for a presumed benefit only to discover that it has a downside? This happens pretty frequently with pharmaceuticals; everyone is familiar with the idea of side effec…

    By: Terry Graedon November 18, 2021 79 Comments
    Is Coffee Really Bad for You?

    Health professionals just can’t seem to make up their minds about coffee. Is it good or really bad for you? They have been arguing about the pros and cons of coffee drinking for at least half a cent…

    By: Joe Graedon October 25, 2021 60 Comments
    Do Doctors Hate Stories of Statin Side Effects?

    We understand why some doctors dislike hearing complaints from patients about drug side effects. After all, they have promised to “first, do no harm.” That was purportedly the message from the anc…

    By: Joe Graedon October 18, 2021 46 Comments
    If Statins Cause Diabetes, Why Should ALL Diabet…

    The guidelines from the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology are crystal clear. Middle-aged people with diabetes (both type 1 and type 2) should be on a statin-type choles…

    By: Terry Graedon September 30, 2021 0 Comments
    Which Is Better for Blood Lipids–Low-Carb or L…

    There’s a new entry in the ongoing dispute between low-carb and low-fat diets. In the study, researchers recruited 164 overweight or obese individuals (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Sept. …

    By: Terry Graedon September 27, 2021 8 Comments
    How to Make Your Blood Fats Healthier

    Total cholesterol has probably been overemphasized as a single risk factor for heart disease. On the other hand, the fats that circulate in our blood vessels do have an impact on our heart health. Whi…

    By: Terry Graedon September 23, 2021 2 Comments
    How Well Do CAC Scores Predict Heart Attack Risk…

    Do you have plaque in your coronary arteries? Unless you have had symptoms that sent you to a coronary cath lab, you might not know. Over the last decade or two, though, doctors have used CT scans to …

    By: Joe Graedon August 23, 2021 44 Comments
    Doctors and Patients Confused About Statins and …

    Tens of millions of people take statins such as atorvastatin, lovastatin, pravastatin, rosuvastatin and simvastatin. Most physicians acknowledge that they have patients who complain about muscle pain …

    By: Terry Graedon July 26, 2021 0 Comments
    Is There a Link Between Statin Drugs and Gingivi…

    Doctors have been prescribing statin drugs to lower cholesterol for more than 30 years. Drugs such as simvastatin and rosuvastatin lower cholesterol very effectively. Consequently, millions of people …

    By: Terry Graedon June 3, 2021 3 Comments
    Tai Chi Can Help Control Waist Size

    Expanding waistlines are not attractive, but they're not just a cosmetic problem. Big bellies, also known as “central obesity” or "abdominal adiposity," are often linked with high blood pressure, …

    By: Terry Graedon March 11, 2021 1 Comments
    People with Cardiovascular Disease Do Better Eat…

    Cardiovascular disease remains the number one killer throughout the world. People at high risk are often prescribed a number of medications to control cholesterol, lower blood pressure and prevent blo…

    By: Terry Graedon February 22, 2021 10 Comments
    What Is the Best Breakfast to Lower Cholesterol?

    When you see your doctor for a routine checkup, do you have blood drawn? Lab tests often include measurements of total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol (LDL-C) and HDL cholesterol (HDL-C). These blood lip…

    By: Joe Graedon October 26, 2020 10 Comments
    Can Good HDL Cholesterol Go Too High?

    We have been told for decades that if we want to avoid clogged coronary arteries and a heart attack we must keep "bad" LDL cholesterol down and increase "good" HDL cholesterol. If we do those two thin…

    By: Terry Graedon October 22, 2020 0 Comments
    Show 1232: What Should People Do to Protect Thei…

    Far too many Americans have died of COVID-19 during 2020, but heart disease is still the number one killer.  Moreover, people with heart disease are more vulnerable to complications from the coro…

    By: Terry Graedon September 28, 2020 7 Comments
    What Is the Link Between Low Thyroid and High Ch…

    An estimated 12 percent of US adults have thyroid disease. Most often, the butterfly-shaped gland at the front of the neck falters and no longer produces hormones as it should. As a result, people wit…

    By: Terry Graedon September 21, 2020 10 Comments
    Will You Lower Your Cholesterol With Milk Thistl…

    Is your cholesterol high? If you have a family history of high cholesterol, particularly if you had parents or siblings who died of heart disease, your doctor will do as much as possible to help you c…

    By: Joe Graedon September 14, 2020 17 Comments
    Big Pharma’s Secret Strategy to Fool You

    The pharmaceutical industry is incredibly lucrative. You know that. What you may not realize is that Big Pharma is far more profitable than other large companies that don’t sell drugs (JAMA, March 3…

    By: Terry Graedon September 7, 2020 4 Comments
    Will Olive Oil Raise Your Good HDL Cholesterol?

    Many medications can lower cholesterol. but not all cholesterol is the same. One type, HDL (high-density lipoprotein) carries cholesterol to the liver so it can be eliminated. Scientists think high le…

    By: Terry Graedon July 9, 2020 8 Comments
    How You Should Eat to Lower Cholesterol Is Contr…

    What should you eat to lower cholesterol into an acceptable range? If you have high cholesterol, your doctor has doubtless told you to avoid saturated fat. Those who have high cholesterol running in t…

    By: Terry Graedon July 2, 2020 20 Comments
    Snacking on Almonds Improves Your Blood Vessels

    Looking for a healthy snack? Researchers have found that snacking on almonds improves the flexibility of blood vessels and also lowers dangerous LDL cholesterol (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition…

    By: Terry Graedon June 29, 2020 4 Comments
    What Is the Best Diet to Lower Cholesterol?

    Have you ever wondered what you should be eating to optimize your health? Nutrition scientists have been arguing that the entire dietary pattern matters more than a handful of individual foods reputed…

    By: Terry Graedon February 26, 2020 25 Comments
    Should You Restrict the Number of Eggs You Eat?

    For decades, public health authorities have been warning Americans to restrict the number of eggs they eat. Egg yolks are rich in cholesterol, and high cholesterol levels are associated with heart dis…

    By: Terry Graedon February 26, 2020 9 Comments
    What Do You Know About the New Cholesterol Drug?

    Some people with high cholesterol need to lower it with medications. By far the most common drugs doctors prescribe for this purpose are statins such as atorvastatin, rosuvastatin or lovastatin. Howev…

    By: Terry Graedon December 19, 2019 11 Comments
    Will Two Apples a Day Keep Your Heart Healthy?

    You may have heard that an apple a day keeps the doctor away. Scientists at the University of Reading in England have found that you might want to eat two apples daily (American Journal of Clinical Nu…

    By: Joe Graedon November 6, 2019 21 Comments
    Should You Take Your Pills at Breakfast or Bedti…

    How do you take your pills? If you are like most people you barely give it a moment’s thought. After all, the instructions on your medication bottle may be vague: “Take 1 (one) tablet by mouth eve…

    By: Terry Graedon October 28, 2019 1 Comments
    Could Pomegranate Juice React Badly with Crestor…

    Do you know which foods might react badly with your medications? You might not, especially if your pharmacist didn't give you specific information. When you look online, you can find conflicting infor…

    By: Terry Graedon October 17, 2019 4 Comments
    Can Men Get an Extra Benefit from a Statin?

    Statins remain controversial for the primary prevention of heart disease. A review this week in the BMJ concludes that the benefit from a statin is small for low-risk patients (BMJ, Oct. 16, 2019). Th…

    By: Terry Graedon July 8, 2019 6 Comments
    Is It Safe to Take Red Yeast Rice for High Chole…

    Statisticians have shown that people with elevated levels of LDL cholesterol are more likely to develop clogged arteries and coronary artery disease (Heart, Lung & Circulation, March 2018). If sen…

    By: Terry Graedon June 6, 2019 7 Comments
    Can Blueberries Combat Metabolic Syndrome?

    A cup of blueberries a day could be a tasty way to combat metabolic syndrome. In this condition, extra fat in the abdomen makes the waist larger. Elevated blood pressure, high cholesterol and insulin …

    By: Terry Graedon June 6, 2019 8 Comments
    Is White Meat Better for Your Heart Than Red Mea…

    For decades, Americans have been told that red meat is bad for the heart. They’ve been encouraged to substitute white meat instead. As a result, millions treat pork chops, steaks and burgers as forb…

    By: Terry Graedon May 29, 2019 7 Comments
    No Need to Fast for a Cholesterol Test

    If your doctor has ever ordered a cholesterol test to help determine your risk of a heart attack, you were probably warned not to eat or drink anything before the blood draw. However, perhaps you coul…

    By: Terry Graedon May 23, 2019 19 Comments
    How Risky Is It to Eat an Egg?

    How risky is it to eat an egg? For decades, we’ve been warned to avoid eggs, especially yolks. We should stick with egg white omelets if we persist in consuming them at all. The idea is that egg yol…

    By: Joe Graedon May 20, 2019 4 Comments
    Turmeric Lowered Cholesterol Raised by Glucosami…

    The cholesterol hypothesis has come under increasing scrutiny in recent years. Although most cardiologists are convinced that cholesterol is the enemy and must be aggressively controlled, there are a …

    By: Terry Graedon May 6, 2019 9 Comments
    Must You Grind Flaxseed to Get Its Nutritional B…

    The humble flaxseed is now being hailed as a superfood because it is a great source of fiber, healthful omega-3 fats and lignans. The fiber content is helpful against constipation. A systematic review…

    By: Joe Graedon April 25, 2019 5 Comments
    How Can You Overcome the Harms of Sitting Too Mu…

    How many hours a day do you sit? Be honest, please. If you work in front of a computer, we’ll bet you spend more than eight hours a day sitting. And that doesn’t count time sitting in your car, si…

    By: Joe Graedon April 22, 2019 6 Comments
    Why Would Anyone Want to Raise Cholesterol Level…

    Can your cholesterol go too low? That is a question that we have been asked on many occasions. It seems ludicrous. It's a bit like asking if you could be too rich or too thin? The truth is that you co…

    By: The People's Pharmacy April 1, 2019 2 Comments
    Will Kiwifruit Raise Your Good HDL Cholesterol?

    You may think that all cholesterol should be a slow as you can get it. However, doctors usually like to see HDL cholesterol higher rather than lower. This is the fraction of the cholesterol that carri…

    By: Terry Graedon March 25, 2019 11 Comments
    Can You Use Cinnamon to Reduce Your Cholesterol?

    Most people want to keep their cholesterol under control, but some would prefer to do so without medication. It is possible to use your diet to lower your cholesterol levels. Some people report that e…

    By: Joe Graedon February 18, 2019 72 Comments
    Statins and Muscle Pain: What Else Can He Do To …

    Jane Brody, the grande dame of medical journalism, asked: “Are you among the 73 million Americans with cholesterol levels that current guidelines suggest should be lowered by taking a statin for the…