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What is serum cholesterol?

What is serum cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a type of body fat, or lipid. A serum cholesterol level is a measurement of certain elements in the blood, including the amount of high- and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL and LDL) in a person’s blood. Serum cholesterol levels also show the amount of triglycerides present. Triglycerides are another lipid that can be […]

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What is the difference between HDL and LDL cholesterol?

What is the difference between HDL and LDL cholesterol?

Along with smoking and high blood pressure, raised blood cholesterol is one of the main risk factors for heart disease. People can reduce their blood cholesterol with a healthful diet, exercise, and medication. The two main types of cholesterol are high-density lipoprotein (HDL) or “good” cholesterol, and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or “bad” cholesterol. Some cholesterol […]

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‘Good’ cholesterol tied to higher infectious disease risk

‘Good’ cholesterol tied to higher infectious disease risk

What is typically referred to as “good cholesterol” is now facing closer scrutiny from researchers. A new study has found a link between a higher risk of infectious diseases and high and low levels of this type of cholesterol alike. Are your HDL cholesterol levels too low or too high? High-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, also […]

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Cholesterol deposits in the eyes: Symptoms and treatment

Cholesterol deposits in the eyes: Symptoms and treatment

Cholesterol can deposit around the eyes to form fatty, yellowish lumps. Though they are usually harmless, these deposits sometimes signal a serious underlying condition. Natural fats, including cholesterol, can form growths around the eyelids. One of these growths is called a xanthelasma (zan-the-laz-mah). Several growths together are called xanthelasmata. A xanthelasma may have no cause. […]

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Is it possible to unclog your arteries?

Is it possible to unclog your arteries?

A person’s arteries can become clogged by a buildup of a substance called plaque. There are no quick fixes for melting away plaque, but people can make key lifestyle changes to stop more of it accumulating and to improve their heart health. In serious cases, medical procedures or surgery can help to remove blockages from […]

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Health Tip: Suggestions to Improve Your Cholesterol

Health Tip: Suggestions to Improve Your Cholesterol

(HealthDay News) — You should check your cholesterol at least every five years, or more often if there’s a problem, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) says. Latest Cholesterol News Your blood sugar and blood pressure could influence your cholesterol levels, the association says, so a person with diabetes should pay particular attention to these risk […]

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High Cholesterol Tied to Better Brain Health in Those Over 85

High Cholesterol Tied to Better Brain Health in Those Over 85

By Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter Latest Cholesterol News MONDAY, March 5, 2018 (HealthDay News) — In a seemingly counterintuitive finding, new research suggests that high cholesterol is associated with a reduced risk of mental decline in the elderly. People aged 85 to 94 with good brain function whose cholesterol was above normal had a 32 percent […]

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The 10 best apps to lower cholesterol

The 10 best apps to lower cholesterol

Having high cholesterol could significantly increase your risk of serious health conditions. If you’ve been diagnosed with high cholesterol, the 10 apps listed below may help you lower it. Smartphone apps can help you to identify saturated fats in your diet and recommend more healthful alternatives that may contribute to lowering your cholesterol. Cholesterol is […]

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How does high cholesterol cause cancer? Study sheds light

How does high cholesterol cause cancer? Study sheds light

New research from the University of California, Los Angeles has found a previously unknown molecular mechanism involving cholesterol that may promote tumor growth in the intestines. The new study sheds light on how high cholesterol might lead to cancer development. A report on the study — published in the journal Cell Stem Cell — reveals […]