Items Tagged ‘statins’

Ask the Doctors - Does niacin help lower cholesterol?

June 20, 2018

Ask the Doctors – Does niacin help lower cholesterol?

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Dear Doctor: I’ve been taking niacin for years to lower my cholesterol.  Do you think it really helps? First, let’s look at niacin and its role in the body. Niacin is a B vitamin that the body needs to create the compounds NAD (nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide) and NADP (nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate), both of which are […]

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Tags: Ask the Doctors, C-reactive protein, cholesterol, Dr. Robert Ashley, heart attacks, niacin, research, simvastatin, statins, strokes, vitamin B3


Ask the Doctors - Which are better for cholesterol? Statins or fibrates?

June 6, 2018

Ask the Doctors – Which are better for cholesterol? Statins or fibrates?

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Dear Doctor: My friends and I are all getting older, and I’ve noticed that some of them are on statins to lower their cholesterol. My doctor chose a fibrate for me, Lopid (gemfibrozil). What’s the difference between statins and fibrates, and what’s special about Lopid? Statins and fibrates act in fundamentally different ways. Statins, more […]

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Tags: Ask the Doctors, blood cholesterol, cholesterol, cholesterol levels, Dr. Robert Ashley, fibrates, heart attack, LDL, statins, stroke, triglycerides


Ask the Doctors - Should I worry about a possible link  between statins and cancer?

April 21, 2018

Ask the Doctors – Should I worry about a possible link between statins and cancer?

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Dear Doctor: Does my cholesterol medication increase my risk of cancer? I assume you’re asking about statins, the most commonly prescribed type of cholesterol-lowering medication. These drugs, which work by lowering cholesterol levels in the bloodstream, are generally regarded as both safe and effective.  They’re so effective that widespread statin use, along with a decline […]

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Tags: Ask the Doctors, cancer risk, cholesterol, Dr. Robert Ashley, HDL, heart attacks, LDL, statins


Ask the Doctors - Does a college degree affect dementia risk?

March 29, 2018

Ask the Doctors – Does a college degree affect dementia risk?

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Dear Doctor: I read that dementia rates are going down due to rising education levels, but I don’t have a college degree. Should I be more worried than most? Dear Reader: Dementia is a scary disease, causing not only loss of memory but also the inability to reason through problems and, for many, difficulty with […]

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Tags: Brain function, Cognitive impairment, dementia, Dementia rate, diabetes, Dr. Robert Ashley, Education and Dementia, high blood pressure, Higher education level, Loss of memory, Medications for Diabetes, Medications for high blood pressure


Ask the Doctors - Should I take a statin just in case?

March 22, 2018

Ask the Doctors – Should I take a statin just in case?

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Dear Doctor: A news report recently said that statins are underused. I’m 50 with normal cholesterol. Should I take one just in case? Dear Reader: Statins, which are a type of cholesterol-lowering medication, have consistently shown benefit in reducing the risk of heart attacks and strokes in people who have had a previous heart attack […]

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Tags: angina, C-reactive protein, cholesterol, crp, diabetes, diet, Dr. Robert Ashley, family history of heart disease, heart attack, hypertension, low-density lipoprotein, normal cholesterol