Niacin can help raise HDL cholesterol levels


If you're like most middle-aged Americans, you've been concerned about lowering your LDL or "bad" cholesterol. But raising your HDL or "good" cholesterol might help even more. The problem is that statins, like Crestor and Lipitor, which can lower LDL dramatically, have very little effect on HDL. How can you boost your HDL? By taking niacin, an inexpensive and widely available B vitamin also known as nicotinic acid.

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HDL cholesterol and heart risk


“Eating lots of nuts and olive oil may be harmful for some people,” reported the Daily Mirror. The Daily Telegraph said that some heart attack patients may have genetic mutations that mean “the diet increases their risk of suffering further cardiac problems”. The newspapers’ emphasis on the relevance of the Mediterranean diet here is misleading. The study did not look at diet and HDL levels, but attempted to define groups of people who are at higher risk of having a heart attack. Researchers analysed the risk of heart-attack patients having a second heart attack.

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While a Mediterranean diet is often suggested to have a very good impact on your health, a new study published in the journal Arteriosclerosis has revealed that following such a diet could increase the risk of further cardiac problems among heart patients. The study suggests that while a Mediterranean diet increases the high-density lipoprotein (HDL), also known as good cholesterol, some heart patients have a protein known as CRP which causes inflammation and influences whether high levels of HDL is good or bad for the body.

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Mediterranean diet 'could raise risk of heart attacks'


Eating a Mediterranean diet to boost levels of good cholesterol could in fact be bad for some people, research indicates.It has long been thought that a diet rich in olive oil, nuts and oily fish is good for health because it can reduce bad cholesterol levels. However, a study suggests that some heart attack patients may have genetic mutations that mean the diet increases their risk of suffering further cardiac problems.

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Hospital offers new weight-loss program


Local residents hoping to slim down for summer might consider a new nonsurgical weight-loss program at Central DuPage Hospital, which boasts fast results. The Bariatric Treatment Center at the Winfield hospital expanded its program this month to include the “New Direction Weight Loss System,” a medically supervised low-calorie diet that induces “rapid safe weight loss of two to five pounds per week,” said Julie Sanfilippo, a registered dietitian with the program.

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The Real Weight Loss Secret


There are so many diets out there claiming to be the one that really helps melt the pounds and we’ve tried them all, right? Low-fat vegetarian, low-fat conventional, moderate-fat Mediterranean diet, high-fat no-carb diet, high-fat with carb diet … the list goes on and on. Well, a new study published by the New England Journal of Medicine showed some startling finds. Diet doesn’t really matter after all. Spurred on by several trials that showed conflicting results on which diet led to successful weight loss, the study tracked 811 overweight participants over two years.

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