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October 31, 2005 | Elena Conis
Policosanol is a mixture of alcohol compounds -- mostly octacosanol -- extracted from the waxy coatings found on leaves and stems of plants. In humans, these alcohols are thought to work as well as statin drugs in lowering levels of "bad" (or LDL) cholesterol. Policosanol research was pioneered in Cuba, where most of the supplement is derived from sugar cane. In the U.S., policosanol supplements are made from a variety of sources, including wheat germ, yams and beeswax.
April 1, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The strange case of an 88-year-old man who ate 25 eggs a day and had normal cholesterol levels is the latest evidence fueling an ongoing debate over the impact of dietary cholesterol on heart disease. The report in last week's New England Journal of Medicine suggests that consuming high amounts of cholesterol may not necessarily elevate an individual's blood level.
December 17, 2007 | From Times wire reports
Americans may be too fat, but at least their cholesterol is low. For the first time in nearly 50 years, the average cholesterol level for U.S. adults is in the ideal range, the government reported Wednesday. Results from a national survey that included blood tests found the total average cholesterol level dropped to 199 last year. Experts consider 200 and lower to be ideal. Growing use of cholesterol-lowering pills is believed to be a key reason for the improvement, experts said.
June 25, 2002 | From Times Wire Services
Health officials approved the nation's first skin test for cholesterol, a system that detects the heart-clogging substance through the palm of the hand. The action approves its use only in certain already sick patients. It's not for routine cholesterol screening, the Food and Drug Administration stressed. Drawing a little blood remains the only way to test the general population for high cholesterol.
A friend called recently for a second opinion about a cholesterol test ordered by her daughter's pediatrician. Was it really necessary to check her 4-year-old's cholesterol level? Even if it was found to be high, was there anything to do about it? We used to believe that atherosclerosis, a narrowing of the arteries due to fat buildup, did not develop until late in life.
August 14, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A new type of drug can reduce cholesterol levels significantly, the makers of the drug reported Wednesday. The drug works through a genetic method called anti-sense, said Carlsbad, Calif.-based Isis Pharmaceuticals. Known by its experimental name, ISIS 301012 blocks production of a protein that carries low-density lipoprotein, the so-called bad cholesterol that causes heart disease. In 19 volunteers, the drug lowered LDL levels by as much as 44% after 25 days.
August 11, 1998 | BARBARA MURPHY
General Nutrition Centers has agreed to sell a cholesterol product, PhytoQuest, that is manufactured by SeQuester Holdings Inc. in Westlake Village. SeQuester officials said negotiations are continuing with GNC. PhytoQuest, a dietary supplement that the company said will reduce cholesterol, already is due to be sold by Wal-Mart in most of its 2,300 stores.
For almost 52 million Americans with high cholesterol, the complex causes of heart disease were long ago reduced to a simple formula of good cholesterol and bad cholesterol. The higher the ratio of good cholesterol to bad cholesterol, the greater the chances of staying healthy. Now experiments with genetically engineered mice show that some high-density lipoproteins--the so-called good HDL cholesterol long thought to prevent heart disease--may cause it.
July 1, 2007 | From Times Wire Services
Kroger Co., the nation's largest traditional grocery company and operator of the Ralphs chain in Southern California, is marketing a new milk brand for its cholesterol-reducing potential. The product, under Kroger's Active Lifestyle brand, is billed as the first national launch of a cholesterol-cutting milk. It adds to Kroger's expanding lines for consumers of health-conscious and natural or organic foods and the in-house brands that the company sees as an important part of its profit strategy.
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