It is no secret that smoking is bad for your health. Smoking hurts your lungs and your heart. It lowers the amount of oxygen that gets to your organs, raises your bad cholesterol and raises your blood pressure. All of these can raise your risk of heart attack or stroke.
If you don't smoke, that's great. Make a plan to never start. If you do smoke, there is something you can do: challenge yourself to quit smoking. Here are some steps to help you do it.
Cholesterol is the name of a group of fats called lipoproteins that are part of the body's metabolism. Lipoprotiens play an important part in how the body works, but too much of some types can be harmful.
Low-density lipoproteins (LDL), or "bad" cholesterol, can lead to a buildup of cholesterol in the arteries. In general, the lower your LDL the better. Many people with diabetes should be taking a type of drug called a statin, which reduces LDL and helps reduce the risk of damage to blood vessels.
Any generic drug modeled after a single, brand name drug must perform approximately the same in the body as the brand name drug. There will always be a slight, but not medically important, level of natural variability just as there is for one batch of brand name drug compared to the next batch of brand name product.