The wildly popular cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins must carry new warnings, the FDA said today. Users need to be alerted about risks of blood sugar or diabetes problems as well as potential memory issues related to use of the drugs.
If your cholesterol numbers aren’t perfect, don’t forget that there are drug-free ways to push them in the right direction. Meryl Davids recently wrote this helpful piece that I edited for Whole Living Magazine, Foods that Fight Cholesterol, highlighting the heart-healthy benefits of delicious foods such as almonds, eggplant and soy.
.…Scientists have discovered that certain foods — dubbed “the portfolio diet” for its array of benefits — act like cholesterol-sucking vacuums, removing the excess from the body before it lodges dangerously in artery walls. In fact, when people in studies ate a diet rich in these foods, their LDL levels plummeted 35 percent on average.
“The results are as dramatic as if they had been on a first-generation statin drug,” says Cyril Kendall, Ph.D.,…MORE