Tag: "HDL 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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Time For Mainstream To Rethink Their Approach To Cholesterol Drugs

| August 1, 2014 | Comments (0)

Higher levels of so-called ‘good HDL-cholesterol’ is associated with reduced risk of cardiovascular issues including heart disease and stroke. This finding has led to the widespread view that raising HDL cholesterol levels has benefits for health, particularly with regard to cardiovascular risk. There are three main classes of agents that are known to boost HDL […]

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Stroke: New Study Suggests High Cholesterol May Be Protective

| October 24, 2013 | Comments (0)

Raised cholesterol is said to be a cause of heart disease and heart attack, and it can be a secondary cause of stroke. The term ‘heart disease’ usually refers to the ‘furring up’ of the arteries around the heart (the coronary arteries), a process known as ‘atherosclerosis’ or ‘arteriosclerosis’. Eventually, the artery may become completely […]

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Benefits Of Lowering Cholesterol Are Based On Flawed Data

| September 6, 2013 | Comments (0)

Recently, the European Society of Cardiology held its annual conference in Amsterdam in the Netherlands. One of the studies presented at the meeting is reported here. The research compares the number of patients achieving recommended LDL (bad) cholesterol levels in the UK with those in Germany. In the UK, general practitioners are remunerated for having […]

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High Total Cholesterol Levels Linked To A Reduced Risk Of Death

| August 27, 2013 | Comments (2)

In the UK and Europe generally, it is recommended that levels of total cholesterol in the blood should not be above 5.0 mmol/l (about 190 mg/dl). We are given the impression that having levels above this puts us at increased risk of heart disease – a major ‘killer’. However, when assessing the relationship between any […]

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Don’t Believe Everything You Read On Dietary Fats And Heart Health

| July 19, 2013 | Comments (0)

I received a press release recently alerting me to the presence of the Fat Information Service which, among other things, claims to provide: “Access [to] reliable information about the role and benefits of dietary fats and oils, including how to differentiate good fats from bad fats” and help us: “Understand the facts from fiction when […]

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Torcetrapib – HDL-Boosting Drug Found To Increase Risk Of Death

| June 12, 2013 | Comments (0)

The pharmaceutical industry has been trying to cash in on the opportunity to develop HDL-boosting therapies, like the drug Torcetrapib. The reason behind this is because conventional wisdom tells us that LDL-cholesterol is chiefly responsible for the depositing of cholesterol on the inside of the arteries and the development of cardiovascular issues such as heart disease […]

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Too Low Cholesterol Compromise Immunity

| April 26, 2013 | Comments (2)

Improved immunity and cholesterol go hand-in-hand… Not a lot of people think about this because doctors focus on the general belief that LDL-cholesterol is ‘bad’ and is responsible for the dumping of cholesterol on the inside of the arteries, leading to heart disease and cerebrovascular disease (the precursors of heart attack and stroke respectively). Some […]

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