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By Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon and Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon,Special to the Sun; King Features Syndicate | July 16, 2000
Q. My latest tests show a cholesterol of 251 (not unusual for me), an HDL of 60 and LDL of 128. I am worried because my triglycerides went from 82 or 88 in the past to 313 this time, with no change of diet. My cholesterol/HDL ratio is good. I already take Lopressor and Dyazide. Now the doctor wants to add Lipitor, but I am reluctant. I've heard that fish can help with some types of blood fats, but I dislike it and couldn't bring myself to eat it regularly. Would fish oil capsules be of any benefit?
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By Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon and Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon,PeoplesPharmacy.com | August 2, 2007
I cannot take statin-type drugs. Is there a natural way to get triglycerides down? Triglycerides have just been shown to increase the risk of heart attacks (Journal of the American Medical Association, July 18). Fish oil is a natural way to lower this risk factor for heart disease. I have been fascinated with letters from people reporting that Lipitor weakened their muscles. I believe Lipitor triggered my ALS. Until last month, my doctors wouldn't listen to me, but then a report from the World Health Organization showed a link.
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By Dr. Simeon Margolis | July 16, 1991
Q. Recently a blood chemistry analysis showed my triglyceride level about 550 when it should be around 160. What does that mean?A. We read and hear a great deal about the dangers of high blood cholesterol. Triglycerides, the other major blood fat, are not mentioned as often even though high blood levels can predispose people to heart attacks and can cause attacks of pancreatitis.The general rule of thumb is that no treatment is needed when triglyceride levels in adults are less than 250 mg/dl.
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By Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon | November 24, 2006
I am a 54-year-old woman with low cholesterol and no risk factors for heart disease. I had a heart attack from an artery spasm two weeks ago after my second dose of Boniva. The doctors were floored. They were unable to find any damage or plaque in my arteries in the angiogram. I noticed an article you wrote about a woman who also suffered a heart attack while taking Boniva. Is there any connection between this drug and heart attacks? We forwarded your report to the Food and Drug Administration.
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By Sue Miller and Sue Miller,Evening Sun Staff | July 24, 1991
Americans need to start monitoring a form of fat in the bloodstream, known as triglycerides, because it poses a risk for heart disease, a panel of experts said today."
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By Diana K. Sugg and Diana K. Sugg,SUN STAFF | December 23, 1996
From the sugar-covered butter balls that your mother makes to roast beef, cheesecake and even the delicate fizz of champagne, it's the season for fats.Coupled with too little exercise during busy holidays, these foods can be enough to tip some people into a heart attack. Even the healthy put on pounds -- three to five, on average.Luckily, researchers are learning more about fats and the chemical form in which they exist in foods and in the body. Called triglycerides, the substances were the subject of a recent study by researchers at the University of Maryland Medical Center.
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By Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon | November 24, 2006
I am a 54-year-old woman with low cholesterol and no risk factors for heart disease. I had a heart attack from an artery spasm two weeks ago after my second dose of Boniva. The doctors were floored. They were unable to find any damage or plaque in my arteries in the angiogram. I noticed an article you wrote about a woman who also suffered a heart attack while taking Boniva. Is there any connection between this drug and heart attacks? We forwarded your report to the Food and Drug Administration.
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By Dr. Simeon Margolis and Dr. Simeon Margolis,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | January 28, 1997
I am almost 60 years old and have had high cholesterol for many years. About five years ago, I found out I had diabetes. I've heard that two new drugs, recently approved, may help both of my problems. True?Partly. Approval of a drug by the Food and Drug Administration requires several steps. A drug must first be recommended by a committee composed of specialists in the field related to the drug.Once such a recommendation is made, the FDA administration will usually approve the sale of the drug after reviewing the findings of the committee.
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By Gabe Mirkin, M.D. and Gabe Mirkin, M.D.,Contributing Writer | July 27, 1993
The best way for competitive runners to train to run faster is to strengthen their leg muscles by running very fast in practice, running up hills and using strength training machines.There are two ways to run faster: You can move your legs at a faster rate, which is called cadence, or you can take longer steps. A video at the New York City Marathon showed that the top 150 runners had the same cadence, taking 92 to 94 strides a minute. The difference between the top runners and the others was that the best runners took longer strides.
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By Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon and Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon,King Features Syndicate | June 19, 2005
I started taking turmeric to help my psoriasis. Then I developed a severe rash and stopped the turmeric. My biggest concern is that I take Coumadin. When I went in for a routine blood test, my doctor told me that my blood was extremely thin. I was told to come in immediately for a vitamin-K shot to reverse this effect. Thanks for alerting us to a potentially life-threatening interaction between Coumadin (warfarin) and turmeric. Another reader reported liver-enzyme elevation with this spice.
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By Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon and Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon,King Features Syndicate | June 19, 2005
I started taking turmeric to help my psoriasis. Then I developed a severe rash and stopped the turmeric. My biggest concern is that I take Coumadin. When I went in for a routine blood test, my doctor told me that my blood was extremely thin. I was told to come in immediately for a vitamin-K shot to reverse this effect. Thanks for alerting us to a potentially life-threatening interaction between Coumadin (warfarin) and turmeric. Another reader reported liver-enzyme elevation with this spice.
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By Elizabeth Large and Elizabeth Large,Sun Staff | October 7, 2001
A decade ago you decided to watch your cholesterol, so you avoided eggs, switched from butter to margarine and finally stopped eating much fat at all. Since then you've learned that eggs might not be as bad for you as everyone thought, margarine could be more deadly than butter, and not all fats are created equal. You want to tear your hair out when you hear that lowering your cholesterol too far below the recommended level might not be the best thing to do. Studies have suggested a link between very low cholesterol and depression.
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By Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon and Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | November 29, 1998
Q. I was amazed to read in one of your articles that aspartame can provide pain relief. You also said it prolongs bleeding time and might lower a fever. I asked my doctor about this, and he looked at me in disbelief. Then I contacted the makers of $H NutraSweet and they responded that their product is very safe.I bruise easily and worry that aspartame in my diet sodas may be affecting my blood. Where can I find the research you talked about?A. The study demonstrating that aspartame can prolong bleeding time was published in Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics (May 1998; pp. 580)
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By Dr. Simeon Margolis and Dr. Simeon Margolis,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | January 28, 1997
I am almost 60 years old and have had high cholesterol for many years. About five years ago, I found out I had diabetes. I've heard that two new drugs, recently approved, may help both of my problems. True?Partly. Approval of a drug by the Food and Drug Administration requires several steps. A drug must first be recommended by a committee composed of specialists in the field related to the drug.Once such a recommendation is made, the FDA administration will usually approve the sale of the drug after reviewing the findings of the committee.
NEWS
By Diana K. Sugg and Diana K. Sugg,SUN STAFF | December 23, 1996
From the sugar-covered butter balls that your mother makes to roast beef, cheesecake and even the delicate fizz of champagne, it's the season for fats.Coupled with too little exercise during busy holidays, these foods can be enough to tip some people into a heart attack. Even the healthy put on pounds -- three to five, on average.Luckily, researchers are learning more about fats and the chemical form in which they exist in foods and in the body. Called triglycerides, the substances were the subject of a recent study by researchers at the University of Maryland Medical Center.
FEATURES
By Gabe Mirkin, M.D. and Gabe Mirkin, M.D.,Contributing Writer | July 27, 1993
The best way for competitive runners to train to run faster is to strengthen their leg muscles by running very fast in practice, running up hills and using strength training machines.There are two ways to run faster: You can move your legs at a faster rate, which is called cadence, or you can take longer steps. A video at the New York City Marathon showed that the top 150 runners had the same cadence, taking 92 to 94 strides a minute. The difference between the top runners and the others was that the best runners took longer strides.
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By Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon and Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | November 29, 1998
Q. I was amazed to read in one of your articles that aspartame can provide pain relief. You also said it prolongs bleeding time and might lower a fever. I asked my doctor about this, and he looked at me in disbelief. Then I contacted the makers of $H NutraSweet and they responded that their product is very safe.I bruise easily and worry that aspartame in my diet sodas may be affecting my blood. Where can I find the research you talked about?A. The study demonstrating that aspartame can prolong bleeding time was published in Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics (May 1998; pp. 580)
NEWS
By Elizabeth Large and Elizabeth Large,Sun Staff | October 7, 2001
A decade ago you decided to watch your cholesterol, so you avoided eggs, switched from butter to margarine and finally stopped eating much fat at all. Since then you've learned that eggs might not be as bad for you as everyone thought, margarine could be more deadly than butter, and not all fats are created equal. You want to tear your hair out when you hear that lowering your cholesterol too far below the recommended level might not be the best thing to do. Studies have suggested a link between very low cholesterol and depression.
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By Sue Miller and Sue Miller,Evening Sun Staff | July 24, 1991
Americans need to start monitoring a form of fat in the bloodstream, known as triglycerides, because it poses a risk for heart disease, a panel of experts said today."
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