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Brush Up on Your Cholesterol Medications

Getting and keeping your cholesterol in good range is one of the ABC’s for diabetes control (A1C and blood pressure are the other two). As with glucose control, lifestyle management is the foundational step of any program emphasizing heart health. … Continue reading

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New Cholesterol Guidelines Expand Pool of Who Needs Drug Treatment

They are out; they were years in the making and now they are here- the new cholesterol  guidelines- a joint effort by the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Heart Association (AHA). The report is dense, running to … Continue reading

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Coconut Oil: Delicious AND Healthy?

White, flaky and sweet coconut is eaten fresh from the gourd or dried and flaked in candies, cakes and pies. Coconut butter is used in suntan lotions and emollients. And some say that coconut oil may be the next great … Continue reading

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New Guidelines for Cholesterol Levels in People With Diabetes

The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists has come out with a new set of cholesterol guidelines for patients with diabetes.   Some of these new target levels are numbers that practicing endocrinologists have been using for years, but others add an … Continue reading

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Statins and Diabetes: Joslin Doctor Responds to Controversy

Earlier this year, the FDA placed a warning label on the class of LDL cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins. The label states that “increases in glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c) and fasting serum glucose levels have been reported with statin use,” but continued … Continue reading

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Cholesterol, Plant Sterols, and Your Diabetes

Everyone has heard that dietary cholesterol, which is found only in animal products, is a risk factor for heart disease. But it turns out that not all ‘sterols are bad for your heart. Sterols and stanols derived from plant sources … Continue reading

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