High Cholesterol

Hypercholesterolemia is the presence of high levels of cholesterol in the blood. A number of lifestyle changes are recommended in those with high cholesterol including: smoking cessation, limiting alcohol consumption, physical activity, maintaining a healthy weight, and a diet low in saturated fats.
  • According to new nutrition data from the United States Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS), eggs are lower in cholesterol than previously thought.
  • Soy protein's ability to lower total and LDL (low-density lipoprotein or "the bad") cholesterol has been extensively studied, but the mechanism whereby soy protein lowers cholesterol remains unresolved. A new study published in the Journal of Clinical Lipidology last month shows that soy protein lowers total cholesterol and non-HDL (non-high-density lipoprotein) cholesterol significantly more than milk protein in patients with moderately high cholesterol levels.
  • In the American Heart Journal, researchers said that when people quit smoking, there is a bigger possibility that the good cholesterol level can boost for good.
  • The world famous drug developer Pfizer recalled another batch of Lipitor, and this time, the company had to recall 19,000 bottles of it. Lipitor is a blockbuster cholesterol drug.
  • Research from the Laboratory of Psychiatry and Experimental Alzheimers Research (http://www2.i-med.ac.at/psychlab/) at the Medical University Innsbruck (Austria) demonstrated that chronic high fat cholesterol diet in rats exhibited pathologies similar to Alzheimer's disease.
  • Researchers say an experimental drug has been found to boost the good cholesterol in the body, renewing the hopes of millions of heart patients.
  • Widely prescribed for their cholesterol-lowering properties, recent clinical research indicates that statins can produce a second, significant health benefit: lowering the risk of severe bacterial infections such as pneumonia and sepsis.
  • Researchers at the University of Copenhagen have found that cholesterol deposits on eyelids are harmful. Medically termed xanthelasmata, the condition might increase risk of heart disease.
  • Elevated midlife cholesterol was often related to development of dementia at a later stage. But a new study finds that high cholesterol levels have nothing to do with Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Contrary to earlier research, a new, long-term study suggests that cholesterol level in mid-life may not be linked to later development of Alzheimer's disease, according to a study published in the November 10, 2010, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.
  • The addition of monounsaturated fat (MUFA) to a cholesterol-lowering dietary portfolio in patients with mild to moderate elevated cholesterol levels increased HDL by 12.5% and lowered LDL levels by 35%, found a study published in CMAJ.
  • Three leading physicians have published a review in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology warning about the danger of dietary cholesterol for those at risk of a heart attack or stroke.
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