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Do Statins Affect Your Exercise Performance?

Ornish Living | Posted 09.30.2015 | Healthy Living
Ornish Living

If you are taking a statin and experiencing symptoms of cramping, aching, fatigue or weakness, it's not in your head.

Why the New Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs Are Big News

Mount Sinai Health System | Posted 07.10.2015 | Healthy Living
Mount Sinai Health System

These promising new treatments are for individuals whose LDL cholesterol levels or cardiovascular risk profiles are not adequately addressed with statins, as well as those who are statin-intolerant.

Promising New Drugs Could Revolutionize Heart Health

AP | MARILYNN MARCHIONE | Posted 03.16.2015 | Healthy Living

SAN DIEGO (AP) — New research boosts hope that a highly anticipated, experimental class of cholesterol drugs can greatly lower the risk for heart at...

Assault on Science

David H. Newman, M.D. | Posted 08.03.2014 | Science
David H. Newman, M.D.

"Will it help me live longer?" When patients ponder the lifetime commitment to a statin drug, this is the question they ask. But a very public controversy in the scientific community has recently diverted attention from this central question -- and that just might be on purpose.

Scientists Are Only Human, But Statins Error Shows Perils of Bias

Jalees Rehman, M.D. | Posted 07.22.2014 | Healthy Living
Jalees Rehman, M.D.

The recent retraction of an academic claim in a leading journal about the incidence of side effects from cholesterol-lowering drugs has sparked anger in the medical community and potentially undermined public and patient trust.

Half Of Adults Ages 40 To 75 Qualify For Statins Under New Guidelines: Study

AP | MARILYNN MARCHIONE | Posted 03.19.2014 | Healthy Living

Almost half of Americans ages 40 to 75 and nearly all men over 60 qualify to consider cholesterol-lowering statin drugs under new heart disease preven...

With Fewer Cancer Deaths, What Should You Do Now?

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 03.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

Still the most feared of all diseases, cancer now has some good news. But the responsibility is yours to make sure you are one of the good statistics, not one of the bad ones.

Vitamins Can Help Prevent Heart Attacks

Leo Galland, M.D. | Posted 03.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Leo Galland, M.D.

A series of articles published on Dec. 17 in a prestigious medical journal, The Annals of Internal Medicine, received a lot of press because of an edi...

Should I Stop My Statins?

Mark Hyman, MD | Posted 03.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Hyman, MD

I believe, in the next 10 years, we're going to see a backlash against statins. In fact, we're starting to see it already. We're seeing now that they may not benefit everybody we thought they would. And we're seeing that there are some serious risks involved.

The American Heart Association -- Protecting Industry Not Patients

Martha Rosenberg | Posted 02.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Martha Rosenberg

The American Heart Association (AHA) and the American College of Cardiology (ACC) recently released new cardiovascular disease prevention guidelines. They are an egregious example of much that is wrong with medicine today.

Statins, Static and the Status Quo: Is Anyone Getting the Signal?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 02.04.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

If it were truly clear exactly what criteria for statin use were best, there would be no controversy in the first place. There appear to be strengths and weaknesses to both sets of criteria, the old and the new.

What Statins, Trans Fats, and GMOs Tell Us About Scientific Controversies

Alison Rose Levy | Posted 02.03.2014 | Science
Alison Rose Levy

Climate denial has rightly lead many to unilaterally embrace science as the last bastion of rational thought in an increasingly contentious world. But the question is: Whose science?

Cholesterol-Lowering Statins for All? What You Need to Know

Dr. Paul Marantz | Posted 02.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Paul Marantz

Whether we're talking about broad public health prescriptions or individual prescriptions, it's all a matter of benefit versus risk, and that requires a careful look at the evidence. Doctors and patients alike may find themselves understandably confused by changing guidelines and the uncertainty inherent in predicting the future.

Cholesterol Guidelines: Myth vs. Truth -- What You Need to Know

Nancy Brown | Posted 02.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

The new cholesterol guidelines represent a sea change in that they no longer recommend patients shoot for a target cholesterol level. Instead, they recommend options based on an individual's risk of a heart attack or stroke.

Cholesterol Myths and the New Math

Paul Spector, M.D. | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Paul Spector, M.D.

If there's one number the health-conscious know, it's their cholesterol level.

Statin Drugs, Profits, Politics, and Compassion

Arthur Rosenfeld | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Arthur Rosenfeld

The latest guidelines for statin drugs, issued by the makers of those drugs, would have us believe that pretty much everyone should be taking them. Th...

Statins for Women? Not for My Patients

Kelly Brogan, M.D. | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Kelly Brogan, M.D.

All told, we have here an unsafe, unnecessary product that will now be recommended to healthy people to make them sicker, all when simple, health-fortifying lifestyle changes have been proven to be effective and globally transformative in ways no pill could ever hope to be.

Health at an Impasse: The Case for Getting Past Collusion

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

We could blame it all on the food companies that make the junk food, and the technology companies that keep inventing more ways for us to be sedentary. But as noted, the enemy is both them and us.

The Statin Insanity

David H. Newman, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
David H. Newman, M.D.

We currently have a statin epidemic, with 25 percent of adults over the age of 45 taking the pills, a large majority of whom do not have heart disease and have not seen the numbers.

Are Statins Bad For Memory?

Posted 12.01.2013 | Healthy Living

By Bahar Gholipour, Staff Writer Published: 10/01/2013 11:52 AM EDT on LiveScience Statins, a group of drugs that treat high cholesterol, do not...

Statins and Cancer: More Questions Than Answers

Dr. Paul J. Rosch | Posted 08.13.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Paul J. Rosch

At present, it is impossible to prove that statins have any effect on the development or spread of cancer. It may take decades for a carcinogenic effect to surface, and by then, a relationship may not be recognized, especially if statins have been discontinued.

Meatless Monday: Rolling the High (Cholesterol) Numbers

Ellen Kanner | Posted 06.29.2013 | Green
Ellen Kanner

The irony is, I'm crazy about your great natural cholesterol-reducing foods. I love oatmeal. Oats weren't in the picture (or in the kitchen) when I was a kid. I came to this passion as an adult. They're so soothing, so filling, so energizing. We're not talking your wimpy instant oats.

Foods That Lower Cholesterol, From Joy Bauer (WATCH)

Posted 08.15.2013 | MarloThomas

You don't necessarily have to take statins to lower your cholesterol. Health and nutrition expert Joy Bauer suggested eating pistachio nuts, which con...

The Great Cholesterol Myth

Dr. Jonny Bowden | Posted 01.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Jonny Bowden

The "Great Cholesterol Myth" has been the foundation of the boneheaded dietary advice you and I have been saddled with for the past 30 years, "official" dietary advice that has directly contributed to the greatest epidemic of obesity, diabetes and heart disease in history.

Do You Really Need That Statin? This Expert Says No

Martha Rosenberg | Posted 10.28.2012 | Healthy Living
Martha Rosenberg

Statins are medications that lower cholesterol by inhibiting an enzyme involved in its production by the liver and other organs. First approved by the FDA in 1987, statins are arguably the most widely-prescribed medicine in the industrialized world today.