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  • May
  • 26

Should You Still Be Concerned About Cholesterol?

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A recent report by the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee has many people wondering if they still need to worry about how much cholesterol they consume. The short answer is yes: Dietary cholesterol is still cause for concern. The relationship between the cholesterol you consume and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol (aka “bad cholesterol”) levels in […]

  • Apr
  • 18

Statins: Not the Magic Bullet They Were Once Believed to Be

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A large study of cholesterol-lowering statin drugs conducted over a period of nine years has confirmed what previous studies have found: Statins, such as Lipitor and Crestor, can lower cholesterol levels—but at a price. Known side effects include muscle pain, nausea, and damage to the liver and nervous system. In fact, the study, which was […]

  • Nov
  • 16

Fighting the Big Four: Heart Disease

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Four of the biggest health problems in America—heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and cancer—are largely preventable. In many cases, they can even be reversed with simple lifestyle changes. For the next few weeks, PETA Prime will be reviewing the latest health findings on all four of these problems, which touch millions of Americans each […]

  • Nov
  • 5

An Egg a Day Keeps the Doctor … Wealthy

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If you had the same reaction that I did (i.e., violent retching) when you heard about KFC’s hideously unhealthy Double Down (you know, the sandwich that replaced bread with fried chicken and forced you to think about all those globules of deadly gunk gumming up people’s blood vessels), get this: A single egg yolk contains vastly more cholesterol […]

  • Oct
  • 13

Nice, Nice Baby! Vanilla Ice Is Vegetarian

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We at PETA often refer to our love of vegan chocolate, but put this on record: We’re also fond of vegetarian vanilla-that is, rapper Vanilla Ice, star of DIY’s The Vanilla Ice Project. “It opened up a whole new menu to me,” he says about going vegetarian more than three years ago. “I love it.” His choice very […]

  • Feb
  • 4

Celebrate American Heart Month–Have a Healthy Heart

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February is American Heart Month, and if you need another reason to do more to safeguard your heart, take a look at this compelling personal story about heart surgery, written by my coworker, Paula Moore: Last year, my boyfriend’s cousin, Marilyn, underwent open-heart surgery. Five of her coronary arteries were 99 percent clogged, and when […]

  • Dec
  • 8

Are Statins Really the Best Way to Lower Your Cholesterol?

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A recent study indicating that healthy people who took statin drugs cut their risk of heart attacks by 50 percent has some folks speed-dialing their general practitioners and asking if they should start taking a cholesterol-lowering drug. But a closer look at the study reveals some chinks in this magic bullet. Because the people chosen […]

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