Category: The Great Cholesterol Con

Cholesterol Testing For Children As Young As 9?

| January 12, 2012 | Comments (2)

A recent report from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), in the US, recommends that all children aged 9-11 should be screened for raised cholesterol levels. The report recommended that this should be repeated at age 17-21 too. Last month, the Journal of the American Medical Association published a critique of these recommendations, written […]

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Low Cholesterol Levels Increase The Risk Of Cardiovascular Disease

| January 9, 2012 | Comments (2)

It’s the New Year, a time when many of us feel motivated to get fitter, healthier and take care of our cardiovascular health. I’ve noticed that there are television adverts currently doing the rounds encouraging us to eat cholesterol-reducing foods. As I’ve written before, there really is no good evidence that taking dietary steps to […]

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Lowering Your Cholesterol Doesn’t Guarantee Good Health

| December 13, 2011 | Comments (2)

I get a steady stream of emails asking me about cholesterol reduction and which remedies are most effective here. The most recent enquiry concerned what is known as ‘red yeast rice.’ I emailed back saying I didn’t know very much about this agent or its effects on cholesterol. I explained that the impact red yeast […]

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How Countless People Are Taking Statins Needlessly

| November 15, 2011 | Comments (0)

I am sometimes asked about the ‘benefits’ of statins, and whether these differ for women compared to men or, say, older individuals compared to younger ones. I decided to look for evidence that addresses these questions, and came across an article in the Lancet medical journal which does just that [1]. In this review, the researchers, […]

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New Statin Study Will Prove Nothing in the End

| October 17, 2011 | Comments (0)

The plain and simple fact is the vast majority of people treated with statin drugs stand to gain nothing at all, but may possibly suffer from quite-debilitating side effects. Success? Not in my book. Shortly after this conversation, I came across this article, written by Dr Michael Richman from the US. It concerns a trial […]

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A Healthy Perspective On Heart Disease

| August 30, 2011 | Comments (0)

Actuaries are individuals who use mathematics to assess, among other things, the financial impact of risk and uncertainty. Their critical analysis of data is an essential part of evaluating things like how much our insurance premiums and pension contributions should be. I was recently made aware of a piece which appeared in the August 2011 […]

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How Paid-For Health Advertorials Help Keep The Great Cholesterol Con Alive

| July 11, 2011 | Comments (9)

I know this is probably asking too much, but I do believe the media should provide us with balanced and objective reporting and information. However, I am not so naïve as to not realise that many media outlets have to keep advertisers happy. For this reason, there is a fundamental conflict of interest that exists […]

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The Simple Way to Lower Your Risk of Heart Disease

| January 5, 2011 | Comments (4)

When it comes to protecting your heart health, would you take a prescription drug for lowering your blood pressure if your blood pressure levels were normal, or a statin to lower your cholesterol if you had healthy cholesterol levels? You needn’t be a rocket scientist to answer both these questions. Back in 2003 two British […]

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