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Study Finds U.S. Diets Still Contain Too Many Bad Fats

October 22, 2014

By Kathleen DohenyHealthDay Reporter
WEDNESDAY, Oct. 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Over the last three decades, Americans have cut their intake of artery-clogging saturated and trans fats — but not enough, new research shows.
Meanwhile, consumption of healthy omega-3 fatty acids known as DHA and EPA — plentiful in fatty fish like salmon — has remained steady, [...]

Regular Doctor Visits Help Control Blood Pressure, Study Says

October 20, 2014

MONDAY, Oct. 20, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Regular visits to your doctor can help keep your blood pressure under control, a new study shows.
High blood pressure can cause serious health problems such as stroke and heart attack, according to the American Heart Association.
Researchers analyzed data from 37,000 American adults who had their blood pressure checked [...]

Frequent Dining Out Might Widen Your Waistline, Study Finds

October 17, 2014

FRIDAY, Oct. 17, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Love to dine out? You could be at higher risk for becoming overweight and having poorer cholesterol levels than people who prefer to eat at home, a new study suggests.
Researchers led by Ashima Kant of Queens College, City University of New York, analyzed data from more than 8,300 [...]

High Cholesterol Tied to Prostate Cancer’s Return in Study

October 10, 2014

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter
FRIDAY, Oct. 10, 2014 (HealthDay News) — After surgery for prostate cancer, elevated levels of cholesterol and triglycerides may be linked with greater risk of the cancer’s return, a new study suggests.
In a review of more than 800 men who had had their prostate gland removed, those with higher levels of these [...]

Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs May Help After Certain Strokes

September 23, 2014

By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Sept. 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) — People using cholesterol-lowering drugs while in the hospital for a hemorrhagic stroke — which causes bleeding in the brain — were more than four times more likely to survive than people who weren’t taking the drugs, according to a new study.
People taking the commonly used [...]

Older Patients More Likely to Fill Prescriptions for Generic Statins: Study

September 15, 2014

By Randy DotingaHealthDay Reporter
MONDAY, Sept. 15, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Patients prescribed cholesterol-lowering drugs are more likely to fill their prescriptions and gain health benefits if the medications are cheaper generic brands, new research suggests.
At issue are the cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins. Well-known brands include Crestor, Zocor and Lipitor. Generic statins are also available. [...]

Statins May Help Prevent Diabetes-Related Nerve Damage, Study Finds

September 9, 2014

TUESDAY, Sept. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Cholesterol-busting statins may also help prevent common and serious diabetes complications, a new study indicates.
Although the drugs are known to lower the risk for heart attack and stroke among those with type 2 diabetes, Danish researchers report statins may also help protect against diabetes-related damage to small blood [...]

Statins May Help Kids With Genetic Cholesterol Disorder

September 9, 2014

TUESDAY, Sept. 9, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs seem to help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease in children who have a genetic cholesterol disorder, according to a long-term European study.
Researchers looked at 194 children and teens in the Netherlands with familial hypercholesterolemia, which puts people at risk for premature hardening of the [...]

Diet, Exercise Counseling Urged for Overweight Americans With Heart Risks

August 26, 2014

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter
TUESDAY, Aug. 26, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Overweight Americans with risk factors for heart disease should be offered “intensive” counseling on diet and exercise, according to new guidelines released this week.
The recommendations come from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, an independent panel that reviews medical research and makes recommendations on preventive [...]

Cholesterol Drugs’ Benefits Far Outweigh Side Effects, Review Finds

August 5, 2014

TUESDAY, Aug. 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The benefits of long-term use of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs greatly outweigh the risks, according to a review of research published over 20 years.
Some experts fear that statins may be overused, but these new findings could offer reassurance to the more than 200 million people worldwide who take the [...]


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