Do statins make you forget?

Jul 23 by

In a somewhat controversial discussion, some people are claiming that statins cause memory loss. But worse, they are also suggesting that this information is being distorted by mainstream news sources. When 1 in 6 (or more) people have elevated cholesterol levels, this is very concerning. This may affect you in the near future. What’s behind the claimed bias in the main news arena? The suggested reason? Money. If you rely on advertising dollars to make your profits, it’s tempting not to upset your advertisers. So what is the buzz about all this? What’s going on? JAMA Internal Medicine has published a paper to suggest taking statins leads to memory loss. But you’re unlikely to hear this on the news any time soon. With a sample size of roughly 50,000 subjects, there was a lot of...

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Is Cholesterol the Health Culprit People Think?...

Feb 2 by

The jury appears to be out on that question. Medical Article But, I’ve just read a very interesting article (it’s quite long), about whether inflammation in the arteries is really a stroke or heart attack pre-cursor, more than cholesterol levels. Surprising Heart Attack Statistics Although most of us have heard all about how bad cholesterol is, the statistics seem to show that near 50% of heart attacks happen to people who have normal levels of cholesterol. The suggestion is that something else may be causing the problems and the article goes into some detail about what that might be. The Science There’s a fair amount of science and jargon in the article, but to summarize, it seems that inflammation in the arteries leads to more cholesterol building up within the arteries. There’s then a vicious...

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What Is Cholesterol?

Jan 27 by

We’re going to start with the simplest question of all: What, exactly, is cholesterol? If you saw it it would look like a fatty, waxy stuff. Not only is it in some of the food you eat, but your body produces it every day. In fact your own liver produces it. It’s necessary for good health and it’s a part of every cell in your body. There are several things that cholesterol helps our bodies to do: Keep the cell wall healthy Help the body produce enough vitamin D Aid in digestion, by producing stomach acids to digest fat Not always as bad as you might have heard. So far from being the universal evil that it’s always portrayed as, cholesterol does have some good in it. We need cholesterol and we produce it ourselves....

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Children and Cholesterol

Jan 25 by

Children Can Be Affected By High Cholesterol Too Adults are not the only people who have high cholesterol risk factors, but most people overlook the fact that children can be at risk for high cholesterol levels too. That also means they can be at risk for heart disease. There are 3 risk factors for high cholesterol in children: heredity diet being overweight. It’s probably not surprising that the kids who might be high risk for high cholesterol levels also often have at least one parent at risk for high cholesterol. Now there is very little that can be done about the heredity risk – it’s outside your control. You can’t exactly pick your parents.. As a parent or an older child there is a lot we can do to control the other risk factors...

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