Category: What Doctors Don’t Tell You

Could High Cholesterol Help You Live Longer?

| January 24, 2013 | Comments (0)

The idea that cholesterol causes cardiovascular disease comes from studies which have found that higher cholesterol levels are linked with an increased risk of heart disease and stroke. However, it’s important to bear in mind that just because two things are associated with each other, it does not necessarily mean that one is actually causing […]

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Review Questions Cholesterol Guidelines For Diabetics

| September 13, 2012 | Comments (0)

There have been news reports out recently in the UK regarding the ‘need’ for diabetics to manage their cholesterol levels properly. Calls of this nature have come from Baroness Barbara Young, chief executive of the charity Diabetes UK, the UK’s largest and most prominent diabetes charity. I read in a story on the BBC website […]

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Understanding The Link Between Statins And Muscle Damage

| September 7, 2012 | Comments (0)

Statins can have a wide range of adverse effects on the body, but perhaps most well known is their ability to damage and cause pain in the muscles. It’s difficult to know how many people may be affected, because as I have pointed out previously, many studies eliminate individuals prone to side-effects before the study […]

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Cholesterol Plays A Critical Role In Brain Function

| February 24, 2012 | Comments (1)

Cholesterol is a substance that is generally painted as black by the medical and scientific communities, but the fact remains it is a substance that is innate to the body and forms a critical part of, among other things, key hormones, vitamin D and cell membranes. It’s also very concentrated in the brain, where it […]

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Not All LDL Cholesterol Is ‘Bad’ For Your Heart

| February 13, 2012 | Comments (3)

Cholesterol is transported in the bloodstream in the form of what are known as ‘lipoproteins’. Basically, these are tiny packages of cholesterol and fat, encased in a mix of fats (known as phospholipids) and protein. Lipoproteins come in two different forms: ‘low-density’ and ‘high density’. High-density lipoprotein (HDL) has links with a reduced risk of […]

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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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Statins: Bad Science Used To Push Cholesterol-Reducing Drugs

| September 12, 2011 | Comments (1)

I had a patient in my practice this week who was seeking advice about the prevention of heart disease. He’d been statins for several years, and then started to get what he felt might be side-effects. He stopped the statin and the side-effects went away. As he rightly pointed out, the relief from his symptoms […]

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Cholesterol Ratio: A Far Better Predictor of Heart Disease Risk

| June 13, 2011 | Comments (8)

Cholesterol comes in two main forms in the bloodstream: ‘low density lipoprotein’ (LDL) and ‘high density lipoprotein’ (HDL) cholesterol. Conventional wisdom tells us that LDL-cholesterol is deposited on the inside of the arteries, and may lead to heart disease. For this reason, LDL-cholesterol is dubbed ‘bad’ cholesterol. On the other hand, HDL-cholesterol, we’re told, comes […]

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