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New Cholesterol Guidelines Could Affect 13 Million More Americans

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"I did eat a lot of fried foods and a lot of pastries," says Brenda Dove.

The South is known for having great food.  Brenda Dove knows all too well.

"...Like fried chicken, things like that," says Dove.

"Things like that" led Dove to look at what she was eating in a whole new way .

"My cholesterol was high," she says.

Brenda wasn't surprised.  High cholesterol runs in her family and she says she wasn't eating  a lot of fruits and veggies.

"A lot of pastries.....cupcakes, donuts," recalls Dove.

So why should you care if you have high cholesterol? Well, it could lead to a heart attack or stroke  that could end up killing  you .

"It's not really like the other diseases cause it's a silent disease. You don't really know you have high cholesterol until you go to the doctor and get checked sometimes,” says Dr. Sumuya Mehta of  Piedmont Family Practice.

Dr. Sumuya Mehta works with patients with high cholesterol .

"They just improved the guidelines.  Now using a statin has become more prominent, " says Dr. Mehta.

"I had to adjust my diet and also started on medications for statins to lower the cholesterol," recalls Dove.

A new study out of Duke University led by Dr. Michael Pencina indicates that almost half of all Americans, over 40 years of age, should be taking cholesterol lowering drugs now.  

"Our main finding is that 12.8 million Americans, age 40 to 75 will be newly eligible for statins with the new guideline," says Dr. Pencina.

Almost every male over the age of 60 could be affected.  Males are at higher risk because of their testerone levels.

"We also found through building a model, that almost half a million heart attacks and strokes can be avoided in the next ten years if the new guidelines are followed, so that's half-a million in addition to what would be avoided with the old guidelines."

A simple cholesterol test could end up saving your life.

What are your thoughts on the study? 

E-mail me your thoughts at amanda.ohara@foxtv.com or you can tweet me on Twitter at @OHaraFOX46.
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