Tag: "HDL cholesterol"

Flaws In Study Linking A High Fat Diet With Higher Cholesterol

| June 15, 2012 | Comments (3)

Cholesterol – and the mainstream’s effort to tie it to every possible disease – is in the news yet again… Over the last few years increasing numbers of Swedes have been rejecting conventional nutritional advice to eat a low fat, high carbohydrate diet, and instead are opting for what is being termed a ‘lower-carbohydrate, high-fat […]

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Relationship Between Cholesterol And Stroke Is Unclear

| June 11, 2012 | Comments (0)

Strokes are caused when blood supply to the brain is interrupted for a prolonged period of time and may leave sufferers with long lasting disability. Strokes are also a leading cause of death. The most common type of stroke in the UK and US is known as ‘ischaemic’ stroke. Here, vessels supplying blood to the […]

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Statins – How The Facts Don’t Back The Hype

| June 1, 2012 | Comments (2)

When drug company PR extols the virtues of statins, statistics will invariably be presented which make clear their supposed power to reduce the risk of, say, heart disease or stroke. Typically, this will be in the form of what is known as ‘relative risk’ reduction. For example, it is often said that statins reduce the […]

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No Evidence That Sterols Foods Benefit Heart Health

| May 28, 2012 | Comments (1)

Stanols and sterols are ‘plant’ compounds which can impair cholesterol absorption in the gut and lower cholesterol levels in the bloodstream. Although they’re described as plant compounds they’re often derived from wood pulp. While this is technically a plant, most people probably wouldn’t associate the two as being linked. Some food manufacturers add these compounds […]

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Mass Medication – How The Great Statin Push Is Gaining Momentum

| May 21, 2012 | Comments (0)

Recently, there have been calls for the statin-net to be widened to include all people over the age of 50, irrespective of their degree of risk of cardiovascular events such as heart attack and stroke. This idea was apparently supported by the findings of a study which was published online on 17 May in The […]

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Is Inflammation The Real Culprit Behind Heart Disease?

| May 17, 2012 | Comments (4)

Cholesterol in the body is carried around the bloodstream in the form of what are called ‘lipoproteins’. The two main lipoproteins are so-called low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-cholesterol) and high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-cholesterol). Conventional wisdom tells us that HDL-C is a marker for cholesterol being cleared from the inside of the arteries, while LDL-C has the […]

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Cardiologist Speaks Out Against Current Cholesterol Guidelines

| May 8, 2012 | Comments (4)

Most medical professionals strongly believe that cholesterol causes heart disease and that treating ‘raised’ cholesterol and bringing it down to a so-called ‘healthy’ level is beneficial for us all. However, I’ve been sceptical about both these ideas for many years now. I’m not the only one, though, as quite a few individuals have expressed similar […]

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Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs Can Do More Harm Than Good

| April 19, 2012 | Comments (0)

Statins may be the wonder drug of the moment, but before these drugs were even dreamt of we had other agents that were popular for altering blood fat levels. One of these is a class of drugs known as ‘fibrates’, which can reduce levels of supposedly unhealthy ‘LDL’ cholesterol, and quell levels of blood fats […]

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