Have Your Cake and Lower Cholesterol Too?
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Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs have been the #1 selling, most profitable drug for pharmaceutical companies for years.

And while these drugs are mostly effective at lowering cholesterol, even supporters have to admit they're not effective for up to 30-50% of high cholesterol patients.

Some simply cannot tolerate the miserable muscle pain. Others experience liver or kidney damage. And still others can't get their bad cholesterol down to suggested levels even on the highest recommended doses of the most potent versions of these drugs.

New Statin Alternatives…

That's why pharmaceutical companies have been looking into alternatives to statin drugs so they can improve their success rate and still tap into this mega-profitable segment of high cholesterol patients.

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Researchers in Canada have discovered a link between the protein resistin and an increased production in LDL cholesterol.

Of course, LDL cholesterol is known as the "bad" cholesterol and elevated levels are linked to an increased risk of heart disease. But the bad news about resistin goes beyond this study in Canada. That's because resistin has been shown to degrade the LDL receptors in the liver, making it more difficult for the liver to properly handle excess levels of low-density lipoprotein.

So when you've got both excess production and an inability to handle it properly, it's that much easier and more likely for excess cholesterol to accumulate in your arteries. Not good.

This is probably a key reason why resistin is such a strong biomarker for heart failure. Some research now shows it may be just as strong an indicator of heart disease as C-reactive protein (CRP).

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The number of Americans getting a cholesterol screening rose dramatically from 2005 to 2009, although certain segments are lagging behind a bit.

It seems that Hispanics, young adults, and the less-educated aren't as likely to get their lipid profile done according to a new study.

Part of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention "Healthy People 2010" target included a blood cholesterol test for 80 percent of the population in the five years leading up to 2010. Only nine states reached that goal.

The CDC looked at data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) to monitor any trends in the number of cholesterol tests and progress towards reaching target cholesterol levels.

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Scientists have discovered 21 genes associated with high cholesterol levels.

As Anna Hodgekiss reports, take a guess as to what are they planning on doing with this research?

Researchers say their findings expand the list of potential targets for drugs and other treatments for heart disease caused by high cholesterol, a leading global cause of death and disability.

Ahhh, just what we need … to "expand the list of potential targets for drugs".


This of course could help fuel two raging fires…

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One of my pet peeves is how food manufacturers continually try to pull the wool over the eyes of consumers and coerce us into poor food choices.

Reduced Calorie Foods

Are low calorie, reduced fat foods really improving our health?

They do this in a way where the consumer believes they are making wise, healthy choices that will improve their health.

In reality, the choice is just as bad as the unhealthy alternative … sometimes even worse.

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