New Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs Near FDA Approval

Two new drugs to help physicians better manage “bad” cholesterol (LDL cholesterol) have received approval this week from an FDA advisory panel. The FDA typically accepts those recommendations, so the drugs may soon be available for patient use. The new drugs – both injectables – are called alirocumab (brand name, Praluent), which received the panel’s … Read More

Why You Should No Longer Worry About Cholesterol in Food

For years, we’ve been told to avoid high-cholesterol foods for heart health, but those days may be coming to an end. A top nutrition advisory committee says people no longer have to be concerned about eating foods that are high in cholesterol. The committee’s report, which was released today, will help shape the next version … Read More

When So-called ‘Good’ Cholesterol Goes Bad

Most of us have heard about “good” cholesterol. But this so-called “good” cholesterol can turn bad – by losing its cardio-protective properties and promoting inflammation and coronary artery disease. Cleveland Clinic researchers have discovered the process by which high-density lipoprotein (HDL) – the carrier of so-called “good” cholesterol – becomes dysfunctional.The discovery represents the first … Read More

Why Should You Eat Seeds?

Have you ever wondered about the health benefits of seeds? Amy Jamieson-Petonic, R.D., a registered dietician at Cleveland Clinic, says people do not realize certain seeds have a variety of health benefits. Hemp seeds, for example, can be a great source of vitamin E. “Vitamin E is an antioxidant in our body,” says Jamieson-Petonic. “It helps … Read More