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 [...]
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?
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 [...]
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?
Robert Ashley, MD, is an internist and assistant professor of medicine at the University of California, [...]