Tag: "bad cholesterol"

Evidence Turns Common Cholesterol Assumptions On Their Head

| August 18, 2014 | Comments (2)

Cholesterol in the bloodstream is carried within protein-rich packages known as ‘lipoproteins’. These come in two main types, so-called ‘low-density lipoprotein-cholesterol’ (LDL-C) and ‘high-density lipoprotein-cholesterol’ (HDL-C). Conventional wisdom has it that LDL-C is responsible for dumping cholesterol on the inside of arteries, and is dubbed ‘bad cholesterol’ as a result. On the other hand, HDL-cholesterol […]

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Low LDL Cholesterol Levels Linked To Higher Mortality Rate

| January 31, 2014 | Comments (0)

A new study has linked too low LDL cholesterol levels with an increased risk of mortality… From a purely physiological perspective, the heart is essentially a bag of muscle that pumps blood around the body. In certain circumstances, the heart can be weak and the pumping action inefficient. This situation, generally referred to as ‘heart […]

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Are We Over-Treating Cholesterol

| July 29, 2013 | Comments (0)

Medicine is supposed to be evidence-based, which means that the treatments we offer to patients should, ideally, have been proven to be in their best interests. But is this really how things are? Many millions of people will have had their cholesterol checked at some point and then perhaps advised to take statins. Cholesterol screen […]

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Statins May Affect The Benefits Of Omega-3 Fats

| February 7, 2013 | Comments (1)

Omega-3 fats found in oily fish (like salmon, trout, mackerel and herring) are often said to help protect against cardiovascular disease (e.g. heart attacks and strokes). However, a recent review of the evidence points out that while earlier studies found that giving individuals omega-3 fats had protective effects, more recent studies have not. The authors […]

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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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Fibrates: Cholesterol-Modifying Drug Bites The Dust

| December 13, 2012 | Comments (0)

The medical research community seems to have an unending capacity to churn out research which appears to support the ‘cholesterol hypothesis’ and the use of cholesterol-lowering drugs. This time fibrates enjoys a bit of the limelight. A favourite tactic here is to express any benefits as a relative reduction in risk. This way of expressing […]

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Fibrates Have Little Impact Preventing Cardiovascular Events

| December 6, 2012 | Comments (0)

Statins are the most commonly-prescribed type of drugs used to treat ‘high cholesterol’, but doctors have other weapons in their supposed armoury here, including what are known as ‘fibrates’. This class of drugs, which includes the drugs clofibrate, gemfibrozil and fenofibrate, works mainly to lower levels of ‘unhealthy’ blood fats known as triglycerides, while raising […]

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Conventional Wisdom Still Wrong About Heart Disease

| November 30, 2012 | Comments (1)

This proves to me that conventional wisdom still has it all wrong when it comes to the prevention of heart disease: I encounter a steady stream of people in real life who exhibit a certain set of characteristics: they are men who by all measures are regarded as healthy, apart from the fact that they […]

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