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Panel recommends cholesterol testing for all kids

In June I told you in this blog that “all children should be screened for high cholesterol when they’re 9 to 11 years old according to new guidelines from the National Lipid Association (NLA).” I mentioned then that there would … Continue reading

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Dietary changes may lower cholesterol better than statins

On its website, ABC News/Good Morning America reports that dietary changes may “do a better job” than taking statins to lower cholesterol.

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Cholesterol-lowering foods beat low fat diet

A dietary intervention study of cholesterol-lowering foods with either two or seven counseling sessions significantly lowered LDL cholesterol (the lethal or bad cholesterol) compared with a control diet emphasizing reduced saturated fat consumption. The results between the groups receiving two … Continue reading

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Group says cholesterol screenings should begin during childhood

All children should be screened for high cholesterol when they’re 9 to 11 years old according to new guidelines from the National Lipid Association (NLA).

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Red yeast rice products NOT recommended for high cholesterol

The Chicago Tribune “Julie’s Health Club” blog reported that “some red yeast rice products have been shown to lower cholesterol levels as effectively as moderate doses of statin drugs.” However, “the supplement isn’t quite ‘ready for primetime,’ according to researchers … Continue reading

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High cholesterol in youth may increase heart risks later in life

For the last couple of years, I’ve been offering my adolescent patients the option of checking their lipid panels, especially if they are overweight or obese. Now, new research is showing the wisdom of this approach. The Wall Street Journal … Continue reading

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Nuts may help lower cholesterol levels

According to a report in the Wall Street Journal research published in the Archives of Internal Medicine suggests that nuts may help lower cholesterol levels. HealthDay reported that investigators “pooled data on 583 men and women who had participated in 25 nut … Continue reading

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Should Cholesterol Drugs Be Used By Those Without High Cholesterol?

Some experts say statins help healthier people, but others worry about risks. So, when the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of the cholesterol-lowering statin drug Crestor for some people with normal cholesterol levels, cardiologist Dr. Steven … Continue reading

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Obese Children Twice as Likely to Die Young

In my Amazon.com best-selling book, SuperSized Kids: How to protect your child from the obesity threat, I predicted that if we did not stem the epidemic of childhood obesity, that our children could become the first generation in American history … Continue reading

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One in five US teens may have abnormal lipid levels — most related to overweight or obesity

The Washington Post reports that “one out of every five US teenagers has a cholesterol level that increases the risk of heart disease,” according to a new study published in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. For “the study … … Continue reading

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Readers ask about my response to the Zetia / Vytorin study that is all over the news

Cholesterol Drug Controversy Continues Some of you are wondering about my response to this news. First of all, you should know that I’m on Vytorin. My doctor had recommended a statin, along with omega-3 fatty acids for my increasing triglycerides … Continue reading

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Guys, keeping your cholesterol low may reduce your prostate cancer risk

There’s good news for men concerned about developing prostate cancer. The AP reports, “Men may protect more than their hearts if they keep cholesterol in line: Their chances of getting aggressive prostate cancer may be lower.” Want to learn more? … Continue reading

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Does cinnamon help for diabetes?

I had a patient this week tell me she had heard that cinnamon would help treat diabetes. Could that be true?

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New Guidelines Suggest Cholesterol Meds for Kids

According to Fox News, for the first time, an influential doctors group is recommending that some children as young as 8 be given cholesterol-fighting drugs to ward off future heart problems. It is the strongest guidance ever given by the … Continue reading

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“The Russert Effect”: Docs Report Surge in Appointments

ABC News is reporting a phenomena that family physicians around the country are reporting to me: Tim Russert’s death Friday from sudden cardiac arrest may have hit a nerve deeper than sadness. Russert’s death may have lead some to fear … Continue reading

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Erectile Dysfunction an Indicator of Men’s Health

HealthDay News is reporting a story saying that erectile dysfunction could be an indicator of testosterone deficiency and the metabolic syndrome, a set of factors that may indicate an increased risk of heart and vascular disease and type 2 diabetes.

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