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In Elderly, Moderate Exercise Ups Cholesterol Transfer to HDL
Older women who exercise regularly have higher transfers of unesterified cholesterol (UC) and esterified cholesterol (EC) to high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C), compared with sedentary women, according to a letter to the editor published in the June issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

Advanced lipid testing can be useful in predicting cardiac risk, but tests are often underutilized.
The medical world is eagerly awaiting the likely approval this summer of two new cholesterol-lowering drugs, known as PCSK9 inhibitors. But at a cost of $7,000 to $12,000 a year, they won't be for everyone.
Epidemiological studies have provided conflicting evidence regarding the impact of dietary cholesterol and egg consumption on heart disease risk in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). Also controversial is the idea that dietary cholesterol may contribute to the very development of T2DM by altering glucose metabolism. Given the significant influence of diet on diabetes management, the lack of conclusive evidence on this subject emphasizes the need for further study.
The Paleolithic (grain-free) diet is gathering steam among dieters and health conscious individuals alike. Proponents consume only items that, hypothetically, cavemen would have had access to. They claim that modern man can't metabolize comparatively new types of food, and our reliance on processed foods has increased rates of obesity, heart disease, and diabetes.
On Wednesday, US health officials recommended the approval of a second new PCSK9 inhibitor, evolocumab (Repatha).

US health experts voted on Tuesday to recommend approval of the first of two drugs in a new class of cholesterol medications that reduce low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol in patients who don't fare well on statins.

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