Lowering High Cholesterol – Taking a Baseline

Determining how to lower your high cholesterol reading requires first taking a baseline measurements of your weight, waist size, diet, and activity that are potentially relevant to your cholesterol. What is a baseline? A baseline is simply a measure of current state.  You’ll take measurements and compare them to the ideal when figuring out how to go about lowering your[…]

What Is High Cholesterol?

While most people of a certain age are generally aware that standard blood tests measure cholesterol, it’s worth understanding a more about what is being measured and why. What is Cholesterol? Cholesterol is a fatty substance created in the liver, and its presence is required throughout the human body to make vitamin D, hormones, and[…]

How to Deal with a High Cholesterol Reading

After receiving a high cholesterol reading from my doctor, I put together a plan to lower my cholesterol to a healthy level naturally, without medication. Understanding of my own health Prior to my high cholesterol reading, I was never conscious of nor did I care about connections between cholesterol and blood pressure with heart disease.  As I[…]

Running for Beginners

Salty Running features articles by and for women looking to improve their training and performance, and offers a free “Running for Beginners”  program that can provide anyone with a good, simple introduction to the sport. Running is my favorite heart-healthy exercise, and is demonstrated to lower cholesterol levels, improve longevity, increase bone mass, and improve[…]

How to Reduce the Risk of a Heart Attack

The Wall Street Journal published an article about how to reduce the risk of a heart attack entitled “The Guide to Beating a Heart Attack”.  It’s well known that most of the risk of a heart attack is associated with factors that are within a person’s control, including cholesterol, blood pressure, physical activity, smoking and[…]

Statins and Cholesterol: New Drug May Enhance or Replace Statins

Recently, I wrote about the negative side effect of statins on memory.  Researchers announced a new drug, early in the clinical testing stages, that may enhance the cholesterol-lowering benefits of statins or replace them entirely.  The new drug is an antibody called REGN727.  REGN727 works by blocking the action of a protein produced in the[…]

Statins and Memory Loss: The Tradeoff With Anti-Cholesterol Medication

In a recently released advisory notice, the FDA acknowledged a relationship between statins and memory loss, something many patients taking anti-cholesterol drugs and their doctors already knew.  Specifically, the notice advised that “cognitive impairment, such as memory loss, forgetfulness and confusion, has been reported by some statin users”. Tara Parker-Pope writes in the New York Times[…]