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All about lipid panels

All about lipid panels

Lipid is merely another word for ‘fat’ and generally refers to those fatty acids, or their derivatives, which are insoluble in water. Lipids are found in the bloodstream and stored in body tissue – they are essential for healthy, normal bodily functions and are an important part of cell makeup. A lipid panel therefore is [...]

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Dalcetrapib Increases ‘Good’ HDL Cholesterol

Dalcetrapib Increases ‘Good’ HDL Cholesterol

Researchers from University Hospital Zurich in Switzerland have reported on findings nine months into a study into the effects of a drug called dalcetrapib. This is a pill still under development which aims to increase what is commonly known as ‘good’ cholesterol. The nine month, mid stage study’s results were encouraging because the ‘good’ cholesterol, [...]

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Hot Flashes Linked to Higher Cholesterol

Hot Flashes Linked to Higher Cholesterol

A study in which researchers investigated more than 3,000 women is shortly to be presented to the North American Menopause Society in Washington D.C. at its 22nd annual meeting. The study investigates the association between hot flushes and higher cholesterol levels in the blood and any outcomes indicated by the findings. In recent years some [...]

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Glucomannan

Glucomannan

Glucomannan is a type of dietary fiber that is commonly extracted from the root of the konjac, or Amorphophallus konjac plant. It is used as a thickener or gelling agent in foods, and possesses immense medicinal value as well. Uses Glucomannan is available in form of powders, capsules and tablets. The supplement works by absorbing [...]

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Fish Oil is Essential for Optimal Health

Fish Oil is Essential for Optimal Health

Have you had your fish oil today? Most Northern Americans don’t eat enough oily fishes and are deficient in omega-3 fatty acids. The benefits of fish oil are many. The medicinal benefits of fish oil is all about omega-3 fatty acids. These fatty acids are a membrane component in every cell in your body. Due [...]

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Choose a cardiac diet for all round good health

Choose a cardiac diet for all round good health

Is cholesterol good or bad? How can you alter your diet to help your health? Having a high cholesterol level is known to be a risk factor for a number of major health issues; this is particularly true of LDL cholesterol which builds up in the bloodstream causing narrowing of the arteries and increases the [...]

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4 Ways To Increase Your Good Cholesterol Levels

4 Ways To Increase Your Good Cholesterol Levels

If you want to live a healthier life, there are four ways to increase good cholesterol. When these levels are good, it means your heart is also in good shape. Want to know how to increase good cholesterol, also known as HDL, in your body? Believe it or not, it’s not all that difficult to [...]

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What is a lipid panel?

What is a lipid panel?

Lipid panels are used to determine the amount of cholesterol in your blood at any given time. A lipid panel is used to determine the risk of heart attack, stroke or vascular disease in an individual. Several tests will be carried out in order to examine levels of cholesterol and triglycerides. A lipid panel is [...]

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Benefits of including red clover in your diet

Benefits of including red clover in your diet

This plant grows in the wild in fields and meadows and animals will graze on it. Red clover can be used for its therapeutic qualities because it has so many benefits associated with it. The red flowers of this plant are dried in the first instance and are then used as an herbal supplement. This [...]

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How to Improve Your ‘Good’ Cholesterol Levels?

How to Improve Your ‘Good’ Cholesterol Levels?

There are two types of cholesterol. While excessive amounts of LDL cholesterol may obstruct the flow of blood and increase your risk of heart disease and stroke, high-density or HDL cholesterol may lower the risk of heart disease. HDL Cholesterol About one-third to one-fourth of blood cholesterol circulates in form of HDL cholesterol. High levels [...]

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Cholesterol, HDL, and LDL

Cholesterol, HDL, and LDL

The terms used in the medical world for high cholesterol and the types that you can suffer on can be confusing. So what do they all mean? While we all know we are supposed to keep our cholesterol levels down, and we may even have heard about HDL and LDL, it’s probably safe to say [...]

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You and Your Health – Put Yourself First

You and Your Health – Put Yourself First

It’s hard to find time to do the things we want to do and especially if you are working and have a family to look after. I hear many women and men, say that they would really appreciate some time to themselves, but it just doesn’t happen. Find time for a health check However, if [...]

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Cardiovascular diseases

Cardiovascular diseases

The term cardiovascular diseases refers to any medical condition related to the heart and blood vessels and is the leading cause of death in the US. There are many types and causes but there are also many ways to prevent them. What are cardiovascular diseases? In most cases CVD conditions are caused by a build-up [...]

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Soy Protein

Soy Protein

More and more people are choosing to include soy protein in their diet. The reasons for this choice are many and varied. For some the choice to include soy is a healthy one – perhaps preferring to use soymilk as a lactose-free alternative to regular milk. Others may choose to try tofu – a product [...]

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What to expect when taking Lovastatin

What to expect when taking Lovastatin

Lovastatin, like many other statins, can produce many side effects which can be serious if left unattended without further medical treatment. Lovastatin is a member of the statin family of drugs that is used to lower cholesterol by blocking the enzyme which the liver needs to produce cholesterol. Lovastatin and the other statin medicines, for [...]

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When Fasting for Blood Work is Required

When Fasting for Blood Work is Required

Blood work or testing often requires that the patient fasts for a period of time before testing. Many everyday blood tests, such as for cholesterol and triglyceride levels require fasting. Fasting for blood work to be carried out can be confusing as different blood tests have a different baseline of fasting. Fasting prior to a [...]

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Raising Good Cholesterol May Cut Heart Risk in Diabetes Patients

Raising Good Cholesterol May Cut Heart Risk in Diabetes Patients

Suma Vupputuri, PhD, an investigator for the Kaiser Permanente Health Research Center in Atlanta and his co-researchers have published the results of a study they conducted online in the American Journal of Cardiology recently. The findings indicate that increased levels of HDL, ‘good cholesterol’ could help to minimize the risk of stroke or heart disease [...]

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10 Great Ideas to Help Reduce Cholesterol

10 Great Ideas to Help Reduce Cholesterol

So you have been reading about cholesterol and realize that it’s been a few years since you checked your levels. What are you going to do? Well to start with you are older than before, it’s common for cholesterol levels to rise as people age. And maybe you don’t exercise as much as you used [...]

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Eating cholesterol – the issues

Eating cholesterol – the issues

Cholesterol is needed and manufactured by the human body to function normally but it is becoming very common for many of us to have too much cholesterol. There are two types, one is known as ‘good cholesterol’ the other is ‘bad cholesterol’. High density lipoprotein (HDL) is ‘good’ and low density lipoprotein (LDL) is bad. [...]

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Treatment and prevention of diabetes

Treatment and prevention of diabetes

Treatment of diabetes Type 1 diabetes must be treated with insulin. There are different types of insulin and different schedules and modes of delivery. Generally speaking, type 1 patients need a long-acting or intermediate-acting insulin to cover them for a 24-hr period regardless of food intake, plus a short-acting insulin to take care of glucose swings [...]

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