Tag: "blood cholesterol levels"

Tredaptive: Cholesterol-modifying drug withdrawn due to harmful side effects

| March 14, 2013 | Comments (0)

In January of this year, the drug company Merck made the decision to withdraw Tredaptive (a cholesterol-modifying drug) from the market. Niacin is a form of vitamin B3 that is claimed to have ‘beneficial’ effects on blood cholesterol levels, which has been shown to reduce levels of ‘unhealthy’ LDL-cholesterol, while at the same time boosting […]

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Statins May Affect The Benefits Of Omega-3 Fats

| February 7, 2013 | Comments (1)

Omega-3 fats found in oily fish (like salmon, trout, mackerel and herring) are often said to help protect against cardiovascular disease (e.g. heart attacks and strokes). However, a recent review of the evidence points out that while earlier studies found that giving individuals omega-3 fats had protective effects, more recent studies have not. The authors […]

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Could High Cholesterol Help You Live Longer?

| January 24, 2013 | Comments (0)

The idea that cholesterol causes cardiovascular disease comes from studies which have found that higher cholesterol levels are linked with an increased risk of heart disease and stroke. However, it’s important to bear in mind that just because two things are associated with each other, it does not necessarily mean that one is actually causing […]

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Cholesterol Impacts Insurance Eligibility

| January 11, 2013 | Comments (0)

I had an email from a journalist friend of mine this week, which included a communication he’d had from a reader. Basically, the reader had been refused health insurance on the basis of his ‘raised’ cholesterol. It was suggested that he take statins to lower his cholesterol level and this would make him eligible for […]

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Cholesterol: Lower Is Not Always Better

| December 27, 2012 | Comments (2)

When we hear the word ‘cholesterol’ it’s easy to imagine this fat-like substance whooshing around in the bloodstream and perhaps contributing to the build-up of ‘atherosclerotic plaque’ on the inside of artery walls. However, we should perhaps not forget that this substance is an essential body constituent and, for example, is a basic building block within […]

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Fibrates Have Little Impact Preventing Cardiovascular Events

| December 6, 2012 | Comments (0)

Statins are the most commonly-prescribed type of drugs used to treat ‘high cholesterol’, but doctors have other weapons in their supposed armoury here, including what are known as ‘fibrates’. This class of drugs, which includes the drugs clofibrate, gemfibrozil and fenofibrate, works mainly to lower levels of ‘unhealthy’ blood fats known as triglycerides, while raising […]

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Conventional Wisdom Still Wrong About Heart Disease

| November 30, 2012 | Comments (1)

This proves to me that conventional wisdom still has it all wrong when it comes to the prevention of heart disease: I encounter a steady stream of people in real life who exhibit a certain set of characteristics: they are men who by all measures are regarded as healthy, apart from the fact that they […]

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Heart Failure: Low Cholesterol Linked With Increased Mortality

| October 25, 2012 | Comments (0)

When doctors talk about ‘heart disease’, they’re normally referring to a condition characterised by the ‘furring’ up of the arteries that supply blood to the heart (atherosclerosis in the coronary arteries). Ultimately, this can lead to complete blockage in one or more arteries and subsequent death of a portion of the heart muscle. Sometimes this […]

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