July 7, 1989
High cholesterol afflicts more Americans than previously thought, with an estimated 60 million adults having cholesterol levels so high they should seek treatment, federal researchers said. The new estimate shows high blood cholesterol is a major public health problem and underscores the need for people to get their cholesterol levels checked, the researchers said. In the study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Assn.
March 15, 1998 |
Low cholesterol could be responsible for higher rates of violent death among some people, particularly men, a study released Saturday suggests. Researchers found that men with blood cholesterol levels of less than 160 milligrams per deciliter met with homicide, suicide or fatal accidents 50% to 80% more often than those with the highest levels of cholesterol. Women with low cholesterol were nearly 30% more prone to violent death, the study showed.
October 31, 2005 |
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.
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April 1, 1991 |
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 |
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 |
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.
January 24, 2000 |
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 |
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.
July 23, 1993 |
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.