Tag: "HDL cholesterol"
I came across a study recently which suggests that cholesterol can be a cause of cancer. It concerns the action of a gene which transports cholesterol out of cells. If the gene is defective, cholesterol can build up in the cell, and this is believed to reduce the cell’s ability to counteract cancer development and [...]
Statins can have a wide range of adverse effects on the body, but perhaps most well known is their ability to damage and cause pain in the muscles. It’s difficult to know how many people may be affected, because as I have pointed out previously, many studies eliminate individuals prone to side-effects before the study [...]
Ezetimibe is a cholesterol-reducing drug. Unlike statins (which reduce cholesterol production in the liver), ezetimibe blocks the absorption of cholesterol from the gut. It’s generally very effective at reducing cholesterol levels. On this basis, the Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) licensed ezetimibe for use in the treatment of raised cholesterol in 2002. It’s been quite [...]
While the cholesterol theory of heart disease is overwhelmingly accepted by members of the medical and scientific communities, you’ll find dissenters too. Recently, the Journal of Lipid Nutrition published an account of a discussion held during a scientific meeting held in Japan last year, and it makes for interesting reading, I think. The article is [...]
The Cholesterol Treatment Trialists (CTT) is a UK-based collaboration of doctors and researchers who, on the whole, push for aggressive treatment of cholesterol to low levels. I don’t think it would misrepresent the CTT’s view to say that, as far as supposedly unhealthy ‘LDL-cholesterol’ levels are concerned, ‘the lower the better’. However, it has been [...]