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Is drinking ginger water good for health?

Is drinking ginger water good for health?

Ginger water can be easily made at home and is a convenient way of consuming ginger for its potential health benefits. People have used ginger for thousands of years, as both a flavoring in foods and a natural remedy, to treat a variety of conditions, such as pain and nausea. In this article, we examine […]

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Lipitor (atorvastatin)

Lipitor (atorvastatin)

What is Lipitor (atorvastatin)? How does it work (mechanism of action)? Lipitor (atorvastatin) is type of statin that lowers the level of cholesterol in the blood. All statins, including atorvastatin, prevent the production of cholesterol in the liver by blocking HMG-CoA reductase, an enzyme that makes cholesterol. Statins reduce total cholesterol as well as LDL […]

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Why Are Statins Underused With Black Patients?

Why Are Statins Underused With Black Patients?

By Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter Latest Cholesterol News WEDNESDAY, June 13, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The color of a patient’s skin appears to influence the medical care they receive for high cholesterol levels, a new study shows. Blacks are less likely than whites to receive appropriate treatment with cholesterol-lowering statins, the researchers report. The reasons behind […]

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Statins – – Doing More Than Lowering Your Cholesterol?

Statins – – Doing More Than Lowering Your Cholesterol?

DOCTOR’S VIEW ARCHIVE PARIS – This is about the “statins“, an important group of drugs that lower cholesterol. They may do much more, it appears, than just reduce cholesterol, as if that were not enough! The statins are grouped together as “Antilipemic Agents” by the PDR (Physicians’ Desk Reference). Lipemia is an excess of lipid […]

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HDL: What should be done about low HDL levels?

HDL: What should be done about low HDL levels?

DOCTOR’S VIEW ARCHIVE Topic: Heart Attack Prevention Dr. Lee:A viewer has normal total cholesterol level of 200, but the HDL is low at 30. Does anything need to be done in this situation? Dr. Gregory Thomas: It depends on the other risk factors that this patient has. Let us assume that he is an average adult […]

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Fats, Fish Oil and Omega-3-Fatty Acids

Fats, Fish Oil and Omega-3-Fatty Acids

Medical Author: Dennis Lee, M.D.Medical Author: Gregory Thomas, M.D. What is fat? Fat (also known as lipid), is one of the three classes of nutrients; the other two are proteins and carbohydrates. The major function of fat is to provide energy for the body. Pound per pound, fat contains more energy (calories) than protein and […]

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Cholesterol: Questions To Ask Your Doctor

Cholesterol: Questions To Ask Your Doctor

Cholesterol Questions to Ask Your Doctor Note: We recommend you use this page as a reference for your consultation with your doctor.  — The MedicineNet Medical Editors 1. What is my cholesterol profile (LDL, HDL levels and their ratios)?  2. How can I improve my cholesterol profile?  3. What regular exercises are suitable for me?  […]

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Cholesterol: The Truth About Cholesterol

Cholesterol: The Truth About Cholesterol

From Our Archives Medical Author: Dennis Lee, M.D. Did you know…that your body actually needs cholesterol and that some forms are beneficial?  It’s true — a healthy body needs cholesterol to produce hormones and maintain cell membranes. HDL cholesterol actually protects you from heart attacks. However, as we all know, too much cholesterol can cause […]

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Cholesterol: HDL cholesterol ratio

Cholesterol: HDL cholesterol ratio

DOCTOR’S VIEW ARCHIVE Topic: Heart Attack Prevention Dr. Lee:What is total cholesterol to HDL cholesterol ratio? What is a desirable ratio? Dr. Gregory Thomas: The total cholesterol to HDL cholesterol ratio is a number that is helpful in predicting an individual’s risk of developing atherosclerosis. The number is obtained by dividing the total cholesterol value by […]

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Cholesterol Guidelines for Adults (2001)

Cholesterol Guidelines for Adults (2001)

DOCTOR’S VIEW ARCHIVE In July of 2004, the National Cholesterol Education Program released updated guidelines. For this up-to-date information, please read the New Cholesterol Guidelines article. The Third Report Of The National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP) Scientists have made great strides in the past decade in preventing coronary heart disease (CHD). The most common form […]