The National Lipid Association (NLA) is a nonprofit, multidisciplinary medical society focused on enhancing the practice of lipid management in clinical medicine. The NLA represents more than 3,000 members globally and provides continuing medical education for physicians and other healthcare professionals to advance professional development and attain certification in clinical lipidology. The NLA's public health mission is to help reduce deaths related to high cholesterol, and the Association defines "clinical lipidology" as "a multidisciplinary branch of medicine focusing on lipid and lipoprotein metabolism and their associated disorders."
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Plant sterols and stanols are substances that occur naturally in small amounts in many grains, vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts, and seeds. Many manufacturers have started adding them to foods. In some people, however, sterols and stanols are absorbed at an increased rate and can overwhelm the cholesterol sy...Read More
The most natural way to control high cholesterol is by adhering to a heart-healthy diet that is low in saturated fats and cholesterol, high in fiber, incorporates lean sources of protein, and is abundant in fresh fruits and vegetables. Incorporating certain combinations of foods, known as the "Po...Read More
Based on the recommendations from the Adult Treatment Panel III document published by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, a person should limit dietary cholesterol intake to less than 200 mg per day. Recently, scientists have placed more emphasis on reducing saturated fat and trans fat in the
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) considers all new drugs to be unsafe until they are proven safe by clinical trials, and the FDA must approve any new drug before it can be legally sold in the US. The FDA approval process requires that any new drug be proven in a series of clinical trials. These studies...Read More
Coenzyme Q-10 is a vitamin-like substance found throughout the body and in small amounts in meats and seafood. Scientific evidence suggests that if you already have cardiovascular problems, CoQ10 appears to lower the risk of subsequent heart-related events after a heart attack. There is some evidence
Lipitor (atrovastatin is the generic name) is approved to treat patients with high cholesterol. Specifically, it lowers bad cholesterol, the LDL cholesterol. It also has been shown that using this drug to lower LDL in adults with cardiovascular risk will also lower your risk of heart disease. The...Read More
Especially when combined with other risk factors, including low HDL (or good) cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, or family history, high LDL can lead to increased risk of heart attack and stroke. Luckily, high LDL cholesterol is what we call a 'modifiable risk factor.' That means i...Read More
The type of cholesterol that leads to heart disease is the LDL (or bad) cholesterol and related molecules. Generally, a high HDL (or good) cholesterol is protective against heart disease. For that reason, total cholesterol is not always the best way to evaluate heart disease risk. Especially when combined
High cholesterol, and more specifically high LDL or bad cholesterol, is a risk factor that can lead to atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis is a buildup of fatty plaques in the wall of the blood vessels. It these plaques cause too much narrowing, the affected organ, like the heart muscle, won't get enough blood and vital...Read More
Manganese has been proposed as a mineral that could lower cholesterol levels. No quality clinical trials or studies have shown any effect of manganese intake on cholesterol levels. Manganese in high doses can be toxic. It is not recommended that manganese be used as a supplement for people to treat...Read More