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  • Sugar substance 'kills' good HDL cholesterol, new study finds

    09/03/2014 12:09:14 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 15 replies ^ | 01 SEP 2014 | Provided by University of Warwick (UK)
    Scientists at the University of Warwick have discovered that 'good' cholesterol is turned 'bad' by a sugar-derived substance. The substance, methylglyoxal - MG, was found to damage 'good' HDL cholesterol, which removes excess levels of bad cholesterol from the body. Low levels of HDL, High Density Lipoprotein, are closely linked to heart disease, with increased levels of MG being common in the elderly and those with diabetes or kidney problems. Supported by funding from the British Heart Foundation (BHF) and published in Nutrition and Diabetes, the researchers discovered that MG destabilises HDL and causes it to lose the properties which...
  • Pomegranate peel may cure deadly brain disorders (Alzheimer's and Parkinson's)

    08/23/2014 3:43:03 AM PDT · by Innovative · 20 replies
    Business Standard ^ | Aug 23, 2014 | IANS
    Two years of research by a Nigerian scientist has shown that sufferers of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease could be helped by punicalagin, a compound extracted from pomegranates. Olumayokun Olajide from the University of Huddersfield in West Yorkshire showed how punicalagin could inhibit inflammation in specialised brain cells known as micrologia. He also found the painful inflammation that accompanies illnesses such as rheumatoid arthritis and Parkinson's disease could be reduced using the same drug. "We do know that regular consumption of pomegranate has a lot of health benefits, including prevention of neuro-inflammation related to dementia," Olajide added.
  • A $29-billion-dollar-a-year industry

    08/11/2014 12:15:33 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 13 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/11/14 | Patrick D Hahn
    Part 1: My Spirit is Broken: Will the New Statin Guidelines Do More Harm Than Good? “You use them or you die.” This is what a doctor told Sulette Brown, a psychotherapist from Oklahoma, when she balked at taking statins, after she’d been rushed to the emergency room for a heart attack. Since that night, her life has changed in ways she could not have imagined.
  • TIME: Eat Butter. Scientists Labeled Fat the Enemy. Why They Were Wrong.

    06/20/2014 11:12:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 68 replies
    DIET DOCTOR ^ | 06/20/2014
    Isn’t it pretty, the cover of the latest issue of TIME? TIME: The truth about fatTIME: Ending the war on fat The paradigm shift continues and the outdated fear of fat is on its way out faster and faster.You’d wish that some old-school fat phobics subscribed to the magazine. Unfortunately, I think this is hoping for too much, so I just emailed the cover to some of them.Some people will still spread low-fat margarine on their bread as long as they live, as an old habit. But most people will soon realize that not only does it taste bad, but...
  • The most important thing you probably don’t know about cholesterol

    06/12/2014 8:30:19 AM PDT · by djf · 33 replies
    It's not saturated fats or cholesterol that increases the amount of small, dense ldl we have in our blood. It's carbohydrates.
  • Drinking the Kool-Aid on Cholesterol: An Oldie But Goodie

    05/12/2014 10:37:00 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 21 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 5/12/14 | Michael D. Shaw
    It has been pointed out by many opponents of the saturated fat/cholesterol theory of coronary artery disease (CAD) that a paper from January, 2009 shreds this notion. The work is entitled “Lipid levels in patients hospitalized with coronary artery disease: An analysis of 136,905 hospitalizations.” You can obtain an abstract here, with a link to a free full text version. Among the findings: “In a large cohort of patients hospitalized with CAD, almost half have admission LDL levels In other words, more than half of this group—heart patients with diagnosed disease—met the current LDL and HDL guidelines. This is a...
  • Say 'No' to Bad Science

    05/06/2014 4:32:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 32 replies ^ | May 6, 2014 | Mona Charen
    The headline looks like a hoax-- saturated fat does not cause heart disease -- but it's real. This news is more than just another example of changing health guidelines; it's a cautionary tale about trusting the scientific consensus. For more than 50 years, the best scientific minds in America assured us that saturated fat was the enemy. Animal fat, we were instructed, was the chief culprit in causing obesity, Type 2 diabetes and heart disease. Throughout my adult life, I have conscientiously followed the guidelines dispensed by the health arbiters of our age. Trusting utterly in the scientific research of...
  • PETA “Hopping Mad” About White House’s Easter Egg Hunt

    04/28/2014 6:58:43 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies
    Last Resistance ^ | April 26, 2014 | Philip Hodges
    Some people are saying that this time, PETA’s lost all credibility. They’ve crossed the line. I’d ask when PETA ever had any credibility? It is not possible to take them seriously. They have to pretend that they’re outraged by animal abuse so that they can raise lots of money from rich and flaky Hollywood liberals. Their latest attack is on the White House for using real eggs in their Easter egg hunt:
  • A cup of Earl Grey 'as good as statins' at fighting heart disease, study finds

    03/31/2014 9:04:27 AM PDT · by Nachum · 79 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 3/30/14 | Alice Philipson
    Drinking Earl Grey tea could help guard against heart disease, it has emerged, after a study found that bergamot extract - a key ingredient in the hot drink - is just as effective as statins at controlling cholesterol. Scientists believe bergamot, a fragrant Mediterranean citrus fruit which gives Earl Grey tea its distinctive flavour, can significantly lower cholesterol. They say it contains enzymes known as HMGF (hydroxy methyl glutaryl flavonones) which can attack proteins in the body known to cause heart disease. The study found bergamot could even be as effective as statins, used to control cholesterol but which can...
  • Processed food NOT fat is the real cause of heart disease, claims heart surgeon

    01/29/2014 9:00:04 AM PST · by dennisw · 51 replies
    dailymail ^ | 29 January 2014
    Processed food NOT fat is the real cause of heart disease, claims heart surgeon who says a diet of natural food can even reverse the illness Dr. Dwight Lundell admits prescribing cholesterol-lowering medications, and a low-fat, high-simple carbohydrate diet for two-and-a-half decades was misguided 'These recommendations are no longer scientifically or morally defensible,' he writes in an essay that has ignited the Internet He vlaims these foods actively destroy the walls of our blood vessels by causing chronic inflammation, which in turn causes heart disease The cardiac surgeon recommends only eating foods your grandmother, or great-grandmother, would recognise An Arizona...
  • U.S. doctors urge wider use of cholesterol drugs

    11/13/2013 4:48:31 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 58 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | November 13, 2013 | Marilynn Marchione - Associated Press
    For decades, if you asked your doctor what your odds were of suffering a heart attack, the answer would turn on a number: your cholesterol level. Now the nation’s first new heart disease prevention guidelines in a decade take a very different approach, focusing more broadly on risk and moving away from specific targets for cholesterol. The guidance offers doctors a new formula for estimating risk that includes age, gender, race and factors such as whether someone smokes.
  • Will doctors embrace new statin and heart attack prevention guidelines?

    11/13/2013 9:16:32 AM PST · by Armen Hareyan · 21 replies
    EmaxHealth ^ | 2013-11-12 | Kathleen Blanchard
    For years doctors have been focused on specific cholesterol numbers to help patients prevent initial and recurrent heart attack. New guidelines mean only those at high risk will be recommended to take the drugs. So how will doctors decide who is at high risk? More importantly what are physicians already saying about changes? Dr. Neil Stone of Northwestern University chaired the committee that wrote the new guidelines, which was a collaborative effort between the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology. No more statins to control cholesterol numbers say expertsInstead of looking at cholesterol numbers Stone said physicians...
  • Study finds link between commonly prescribed statin and memory impairment

    09/25/2013 1:35:24 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 29 replies
    Medical Express ^ | 09-25-2013 | Provided by University of Bristol
    New research that looked at whether two commonly prescribed statin medicines, used to lower low-density lipoprotein (LDL) or 'bad cholesterol' levels in the blood, can adversely affect cognitive function has found that one of the drugs tested caused memory impairment in rats. Between six and seven million people in the UK take statins daily and the findings follow anecdotal evidence of people reporting that they feel that their newly prescribed statin is affecting their memory. Last year, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) insisted that all manufacturers list in their side effects that statins might affect cognitive function. The...

    05/20/2013 1:26:51 AM PDT · by neverdem · 47 replies
    Human Events ^ | 5/17/2013 | Leigh Erin Connealy, M.D.
    If you’re taking statin drugs to control cholesterol, you need to read this. From talking to patients, I’ve discovered that many people consider statins to be “miracle” drugs that allow them to eat anything they please without worrying about consequences. No wonder statins are the top selling prescription drugs in the country, with nearly half of the nation’s adults taking them.What many people don’t understand is that statins rob the body of an essential nutrient known as Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10). This vitamin-like substance plays a huge role in our lives, since it is responsible for roughly 95 percent of the...
  • Breathing Emission Particles Turns HDL Cholesterol From 'Good' To 'Bad'

    05/19/2013 5:33:57 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 26 replies
    Medical News Today ^ | May 18, 2013
    Breathing Emission Particles Turns HDL Cholesterol From 'Good' To 'Bad' Article Date: 18 May 2013 Academic researchers have found that breathing motor vehicle emissions triggers a change in high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, altering its cardiovascular protective qualities so that it actually contributes to clogged arteries. In addition to changing HDL from "good" to "bad," the inhalation of emissions activates other components of oxidation, the early cell and tissue damage that causes inflammation, leading to hardening of the arteries, according to the research team, which included scientists from UCLA and other institutions. The findings of this early study, done in mice,...
  • Cholesterol limits lose their lustre

    03/02/2013 10:24:14 PM PST · by neverdem · 69 replies
    Nature News ^ | 26 February 2013 | Heidi Ledford
    Revised guidelines for heart health are set to move away from target-based approach. Soon after Joseph Francis learned that his levels of ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol sat at twice the norm, he discovered the short­comings of cholesterol-lowering drugs — and of the clinical advice guiding their use. Francis, the director of clinical analysis and reporting at the Veterans Health Administration (VA) in Washington DC, started taking Lipitor (atorvastatin), a cholesterol-lowering statin and the best-selling drug in pharmaceutical history. His LDL plummeted, but still hovered just above a target mandated by clinical guidelines. Adding other medications had no effect, and upping the...
  • Monthly shot lowers cholesterol 66 percent: study

    03/27/2012 5:24:58 PM PDT · by ak267 · 12 replies
    Yahoo Health ^ | 3-27-2012 | AFP
    A monthly injection of an experimental drug made by the US biotech firm Amgen reduced patients' cholesterol by up to 66 percent, according to a small study described at a US cardiology conference. The early phase 1 clinical trial, designed mainly to see if the treatment was safe, followed 51 patients who received a shot of the drug, AMG 145, either once every two or every four weeks. Among trial subjects were already taking high doses of cholesterol-lowering drugs, known as statins, and who got the shot every two weeks, the dangerous type of cholesterol (LDL) in their bodies dropped...
  • Best and Cheapest Source for Atorvastatin

    03/17/2012 6:38:36 PM PDT · by Mean Daddy · 44 replies
    Just looking for some Freeper help on where the best and cheapest place to purchase Atorvastatin (generic Lipitor) is. Would be interested in online, clubs (Sam's Club) etc.
  • VANITY: Article by MD quoted by Rush today (low-fat diets, statin drugs all wrong)

    03/08/2012 1:28:48 PM PST · by Joe the Pimpernel · 41 replies
    I can't find the article that Rush was talking about. Does anybody have a link?
  • The Rush Limbaugh LIVE Radio Show Thread - Thursday, March 8, 2012

    03/08/2012 7:42:18 AM PST · by IMissPresidentReagan · 112 replies
    Quick post Hubby's grandmother is not doing well so off to see her. Please send prayers. She's a real gem!
  • The Diabetes Dilemma for Statin Users

    03/06/2012 9:26:10 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 4, 2012 | Eric J. Topol
    We’re overdosing on cholesterol-lowering statins, and the consequence could be a sharp increase in the incidence of Type 2 diabetes. This past week, the Food and Drug Administration raised questions about the side effects of these drugs and developed new labels for these medications that will now warn of the risk of diabetes and memory loss. The announcement said the risk was “small” and should not materially affect the use of these medications. The data are somewhat ambiguous for memory loss. But the magnitude of the problem for diabetes becomes much more apparent with careful examination of the data from...
  • Fried food heart risk 'a myth'

    01/25/2012 2:54:55 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 80 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | January 25, 2012 | Stephen Adams
    They say there is mounting research that it is the type of oil used, and whether or not it has been used before, that really matters. The latest study, published in the British Medical Journal, found no association between the frequency of fried food consumption in Spain - where olive and sunflower oils are mostly used - and the incidence of serious heart disease.
  • Cholesterol-lowering medication accelerates depletion of plaque in arteries

    12/13/2011 12:11:01 PM PST · by decimon · 33 replies
    New study reveals molecular mechanism promoting the breakdown of plaque by statinsIn a new study, NYU Langone Medical Center researchers have discovered how cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins promote the breakdown of plaque in the arteries... The findings support a large clinical study that recently showed patients taking high-doses of the cholesterol-lowering medications not only reduced their cholesterol levels but also reduced the amount of plaque in their arteries. However, until now researchers did not fully understand how statins could reduce atherosclerosis, the accumulation of fat and cholesterol that hardens into plaque in arteries, a major cause of mortality in Western...
  • Low-Salt Diets May Raise Risk of Heart Disease

    11/10/2011 2:31:09 AM PST · by globelamp · 40 replies
    LiveScience ^ | 11-09-11 | Rachael Rettner
    Cutting back on salt may not be as beneficial for your heart as once thought, a new study suggests. While a diet low in salt reduces blood pressure, it increases the levels of cholesterol, fat and hormones in the blood that are known to increase the risk of heart disease, the study found. Overall, the good and bad consequences of a low-salt diet may cancel each other out, so the diet has relatively little effect on the development of disease, said study researcher Dr. Niels Graudal, of Copenhagen University Hospital in Denmark.
  • High cholesterol in Women found to be the reverse of what they thought it was (less risky)

    10/26/2011 3:59:36 AM PDT · by Scythian · 27 replies
    PubMed ^ | Sept 25, 2011
    Some studies indicate that the predictive properties of cholesterol might not be as straightforward as widely assumed. Our aim was to document the strength and validity of total cholesterol as a risk factor for mortality in a well-defined, general Norwegian population without known CVD at baseline. Methods  We assessed the association of total serum cholesterol with total mortality, as well as mortality from CVD and ischaemic heart disease (IHD), using Cox proportional hazard models. The study population comprises 52 087 Norwegians, aged 20-74, who participated in the Nord-Trøndelag Health Study (HUNT 2, 1995-1997) and were followed-up on cause-specific mortality for 10...
  • Diet May Be Enough For Cholesterol Problems; Avoid Statin Side Effects

    08/24/2011 1:47:24 PM PDT · by TennesseeGirl · 53 replies
    Medical News Today ^ | 08/24/11 | Sy Kraft
    New research demonstrates that a diet based around plants, nuts and high-fiber grains lowered "bad" cholesterol more than a low-saturated-fat diet that was also vegetarian, meaning that one's dietary changes could be an alternative to statin medications for many people saving persons from some devastating side effects of the medications. After six months, people on the low-saturated-fat diet saw a drop in LDL cholesterol of 8 milligrams per deciliter (mg/dL), on average, according to findings in the Journal of the American Medical Association. (excerpted)
  • Open letter to all Freepers, Matters of the Heart

    08/21/2011 7:04:33 PM PDT · by Battle Axe · 54 replies · 1+ views
    7-21-2011 | Battle Axe
    I found my good friend dead on the floor on July 18, 2011. Life will never be the same. He had been in an automobile accident 9 days before, but the autopsy showed he had severe coronary disease with multiple blockages. The EMTs said he had been gone for 3-4 hours. Please don't let this happen to any of my FreeperFriends. He had no symptoms of heart trouble other than a little high cholesterol. Treatment with diet and exercise put the numbers back in good territory and he could pass a stress test better than I could. What he needed...
  • Green tea reduces cholesterol risk

    07/08/2011 10:31:41 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 31 replies ^ | July 8, 2011 | by Deborah Braconnie
    In a recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Xin-Xin Zheng reports that green tea reduces LDL and total cholesterol. This could explain the reasoning behind green teaÂ’s apparent reduction to the risk of heart disease. Xin-Xin Zheng and his colleagues from Peking Union Medical College pooled the results of 14 previous trials that looked at the consumption of green tea. The researchers divided participants up into one group that had either consumed green tea or taken green tea supplements for up to at least three months and another group which had been given placebos. In looking...
  • Apple Peel Makes Mice Mighty

    06/07/2011 12:12:36 PM PDT · by Pining_4_TX · 17 replies · 1+ views
    Medical News Today ^ | 06/07/11 | University of Iowa/Cell Metabolism
    For Popeye, spinach was the key to extra muscle. For the mice in a new University of Iowa study, it was apples, or more precisely a waxy substance called ursolic acid that's found in apple peel. The UI study, published in the June 8 issue of the journal Cell Metabolism, showed that ursolic acid reduced muscle atrophy (also known as muscle wasting) and promoted muscle growth in mice. It also reduced fat, blood sugar levels, cholesterol and triglycerides in the animals. The findings suggest that the compound may be useful for treating muscle wasting and possibly metabolic disorders such as...
  • Super-sticky 'ultra-bad' cholesterol revealed in people at high risk of heart disease

    05/27/2011 5:19:08 AM PDT · by decimon · 15 replies
    University of Warwick ^ | May 27, 2011 | Unknown
    Scientists from the University of Warwick have discovered why a newly found form of cholesterol seems to be 'ultra-bad', leading to increased risk of heart disease. The discovery could lead to new treatments to prevent heart disease particularly in people with type 2 diabetes and the elderly. The research, funded by the British Heart Foundation (BHF), found that 'ultrabad' cholesterol, called MGmin-low-density lipoprotein (LDL), which is more common in people with type 2 diabetes and the elderly, appears to be 'stickier' than normal LDL. This makes it more likely to attach to the walls of arteries. When LDL attaches to...
  • 'Good cholesterol' nanoparticles seek and destroy cancer cells (siRNA nanoparticles)

    04/01/2011 12:26:50 PM PDT · by decimon · 5 replies
    Scientists package HDL with gene-silencing siRNA to target tumors, spare normal tissueHOUSTON - High-density lipoprotein's hauls excess cholesterol to the liver for disposal, but new research suggests "good cholesterol" can also act as a special delivery vehicle of destruction for cancer. Synthetic HDL nanoparticles loaded with small interfering RNA to silence cancer-promoting genes selectively shrunk or destroyed ovarian cancer tumors in mice, a research team led by scientists from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and the University of North Texas Health Science Center reports in the April edition of Neoplasia. "RNA interference has great therapeutic potential but...
  • Eggs Lower in Cholesterol than Thought: Study

    02/08/2011 1:39:12 PM PST · by Kaslin · 48 replies
    CBSNews ^ | February 8, 2011
    Gov't Research Also Shows Them Much Higher in Vitamin D; Dietitian: Credit Healthier Animal Feed, in Part(CBS) If you like eggs, this is good news: A new government study finds they're actually 14 percent lower in cholesterol and 64 percent higher in vitamin D than previously thought. Registered Dietitian Cynthia Sass stopped by the "The Early Show" Tuesday to explain what this may mean for your health. What caused this change in cholesterol and vitamin D levels? Sass, the author of "Cinch!: Conquer Cravings, Drop Pounds, and Lose Inches," told "Early Show" co-anchor Chris Wragge the saying "You are what...
  • Do Cholesterol Drugs Do Any Good?

    01/06/2011 6:16:40 PM PST · by Pining_4_TX · 100 replies
    Bloomberg Business Week ^ | 01/17/2008 | John Carey
    Yes, Wright saw, the drugs can be life-saving in patients who already have suffered heart attacks, somewhat reducing the chances of a recurrence that could lead to an early death. But Wright had a surprise when he looked at the data for the majority of patients, like Winn, who don't have heart disease. He found no benefit in people over the age of 65, no matter how much their cholesterol declines, and no benefit in women of any age. He did see a small reduction in the number of heart attacks for middle-aged men taking statins in clinical trials. But...
  • Red Onion vs. Heart Disease: Has High Cholesterol Met Its Match?

    10/09/2010 4:50:39 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 35 replies
    CBS News Healthwatch ^ | October 8, 2010 | David W Freeman
    Can eating red onions lower your risk for heart attack and stroke? A new study suggests the answer to that question may be yes. At least if you're a hamster. Scientists in Hong Kong fed crushed onions to hamsters that had been on a high-cholesterol diet. After eight weeks, the little guys' levels of low-densitiy lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol fell by 20 percent, the Daily Mail reported. That's good news, because elevated LDL cholesterol levels are linked to cardiovascular disease. At the same time, there was no decline in the hamsters' levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol - the good...
  • Pfizer Gets Approval For Lipitor For Kids

    07/09/2010 8:37:27 AM PDT · by MissTed · 21 replies
    AP ^ | 7/6/10 | LINDA A. JOHNSON
    The European Union has approved a new chewable form of cholesterol blockbuster Lipitor for children 10 and up with high levels of bad cholesterol and triglycerides, a type of blood fat, Pfizer said Tuesday. The approval includes children whose high blood fats are due to an inherited disease that causes extremely high cholesterol levels, familial hypercholesterolemia. New York-based Pfizer Inc. won U.S. approval for Lipitor use in children 10 to 17 with that condition in 2002. Lipitor is the world's top-selling drug, with 2009 sales of about $13 billion, but its U.S. patent expires at the end of November 2011....
  • Aggressive pursuit of low BP, cholesterol levels may not benefit diabetics

    07/06/2010 9:52:19 AM PDT · by Pining_4_TX · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Medical News Net ^ | June 29, 2010 | Justin Timble
    A mathematical model suggests that aggressively pursuing low blood pressure and cholesterol levels may not benefit, and could even harm, some patients with diabetes, according to a report in the June 28 issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. Almost all treatment guidelines for patients with diabetes suggest aggressively treating high low-density lipoprotein (LDL or "bad" cholesterol) and blood pressure levels to reduce patients' risk of developing heart disease, according to background information in the article. "These recommendations, which are based on the average results of trials evaluating the relative benefits of intensive risk factor control,...
  • Brain regulates cholesterol in blood, study suggests

    06/27/2010 10:19:52 PM PDT · by CutePuppy · 66 replies
    BBC ^ | June 06, 2010 | Emma Wilkinson
    The amount of cholesterol circulating in the bloodstream is partly regulated by the brain, a study in mice suggests. It counters assumptions that levels are solely controlled by what we eat and by cholesterol production in the liver. The US study in Nature Neuroscience found that a hunger hormone in the brain acts as the "remote control" for cholesterol travelling round the body.Too much cholesterol causes hardened fatty arteries, raising the risk of a heart attack. The research carried out by a US team at the University of Cincinnati found that increased levels of the hunger hormone ghrelin in mice...
  • Framingham follies

    06/12/2010 6:23:24 PM PDT · by narses · 8 replies · 307+ views
    The Blog of Michael R Eades, MD ^ | 26 September 2006 | Michael R Eades, MD
    Have you ever watched a movie that had a surprise ending, say, The Sixth Sense, for example, then watched it again? Once you know the ending, you see all kinds of things that make the ending obvious that you didn’t see the first time through. When you have a movie (or a novelistic) experience like this, it makes you appreciate the talent of the creative people who make the movie (or write the novel). If these folks had just sprung the surprise ending on you without cleverly concealing all the clues, you would feel cheated. It’s kind of the same...
  • Study backs heart-healthy effect of dairy fat

    06/09/2010 9:23:31 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies · 45+ views
    NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Eating dairy foods could help protect your heart, new research from Sweden suggests. Dairy foods are a major source of saturated fat in the diet, which has been associated with heart disease. However, there's some evidence that dairy foods could actually benefit heart health, for example by lowering blood pressure or reducing cholesterol levels, Dr. Eva Warensjo of Uppsala University and her colleagues note in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. To get a clearer sense of people's intake of fat from dairy and heart disease risk, Warensjo and her team measured blood levels of...
  • Cheerios is a drug, the FDA says

    05/30/2009 5:18:33 AM PDT · by FromLori · 84 replies · 2,559+ views
    Based on the long-time claim by General Mills that its Cheerios cereal can lower cholesterol by 4 percent in just six weeks — when part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, of course — the Food and Drug Administration has admonished the giant breakfast cereal producer and said those claims mean the little round “o’s” of oats are to be considered a drug. Simply by indicating the cereal is intended for use as a cholesterol-lowering product, it now falls under the FDA regulations regarding drugs, and because it’s a “new” drug by definition — never mind that...
  • The War On Fat: Researchers Chew The Fat On Merits Of The Atkins Diet

    08/07/2002 8:48:30 AM PDT · by an amused spectator · 130 replies · 2,090+ views
    USA Today ^ | August 7, 2002 | Nanci Hellmich, USA TODAY staff writer
    <p>The Atkins low-carb, high-fat diet is supposed to be simple, but it's raising complex medical and nutrition questions. Now two new studies show that those who follow the diet can lose significant amounts of weight, but other research is raising concerns about the safety of the program, linking it to an increased risk of kidney stones and bone loss.</p>
  • The Cholesterol Myths: Exposing the Fallacy that Saturated Fat and Cholesterol Cause Heart Disease

    10/30/2001 9:25:13 AM PST · by sourcery · 45 replies · 13,962+ views ^ | Review: [Joel M. Kauffman, Research Professor Chemistry]; Book: [Uffe Ravnskov, M. D., Ph. D.]
    <p>With courage and care Dr. Ravnskov exposes the lack of experimental evidence for the diet-heart theory, which claims that eating less fat and cholesterol will prevent atheroslcerosis (hardening of the arteries) and myocardial infarctions (heart attacks). By examining original peer-reviewed literature, the author finds no support for the diet-heart theory. He gives examples of scientific fraud among efforts to support the theory, including the deliberate selective omission of data points, and the deliberate assignment of subjects in a clinical trial to treatment or to control groups by physicians with the subject's medical records in hand. He shows how the abstract or conclusions of a number of papers are at odds with the actual data in the papers. He demonstrates how the use of one statistical method in preference to another can give a false impression that there is an effect, where there is, in fact, none. He shows how the reporting of differences in fatality rates by per cent reduction (say, a 50% reduction in relative risk) is actually misleading when the actual death rates are quite small in both the treatment and control groups of subjects in diet or drug studies. For example, a treatment that changes the absolute survival rate over a multi-year period from 99.0% to 99.5% represents a 50% reduction in relative risk, from 1% to 0.5% absolute. This is often described in papers as a 50% reduction in death rate. However, when the difference is barely significant statistically, as was often the case, Ravnskov points out that there is no real reason to recommend adoption of the treatment, especially if there are serious side-effects.</p>
  • For Nut Benefits, More Is Better

    05/10/2010 7:04:05 PM PDT · by Willie Green · 10 replies · 413+ views
    More research backing up the cholesterol-lowering benefits of eating nuts indicates that for most people, consuming two handfuls of nuts a day appears to work better than one. The findings apply to tree nuts such as walnuts, almonds, pistachios, macadamias, hazelnuts and peanuts. Although peanuts actually belong to the legume family, they are considered to have many of the same nutritional components as walnuts, almonds and other tree nuts. Researchers who examined the results of 25 previous studies on the health effects of nut consumption found a dose-related improvement in participants' blood-lipid levels. The results are published this week in...
  • Vitamin B3 beats Big Pharma's Zetia cholesterol drug

    03/30/2010 8:24:19 AM PDT · by Scythian · 104 replies · 2,324+ views
    (NaturalNews) The utter worthlessness of Big Pharma's cholesterol drugs was demonstrated recently by a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine which showed that niacin (a low-cost B vitamin) out-performs Merck's drug Zetia for preventing the build-up of arterial plaque, a symptom of cardiovascular disease. As the study reveals, Zetia failed miserably. Patients taking niacin showed a "significant shrinkage" in artery wall thickness, while those on Zetia showed no such improvement. At the same time, the rate of "cardiovascular events" in the niacin group was only one-fifth that in the Zetia group, demonstrating that niacin is far more...
  • Risks Seen in Cholesterol Drug Use in Healthy People

    04/01/2010 12:39:30 AM PDT · by neverdem · 12 replies · 820+ views
    NY Times ^ | March 30, 2010 | DUFF WILSON
    With the government’s blessing, a drug giant is about to expand the market for its blockbuster cholesterol medication Crestor to a new category of customers: as a preventive measure for millions of people who do not have cholesterol problems... --snip-- But critics said the claim of cutting heart disease risk in half — repeated in news reports nationwide — may have misled some doctors and consumers because the patients were so healthy that they had little risk to begin with. The rate of heart attacks, for example, was 0.37 percent, or 68 patients out of 8,901 who took a sugar...
  • A High-Fat Breakfast of Bacon and Eggs May Be The Healthiest Start To The Day, Report Shows

    03/31/2010 6:52:50 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 71 replies · 2,751+ views
    Telegraph(UK) ^ | March 31, 2010
    A High-Fat Breakfast of Bacon and Eggs May Be The Healthiest Start To The Day, Report Shows A high-fat breakfast of bacon and eggs may be the healthiest start to the day, a new university report showed. 31 Mar 2010 For the first meal eaten after a night's sleep appears to programme the metabolism for the rest of the day, the researchers found. And the age-old maxim "Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper" may in fact be the best advice to follow to prevent metabolic syndrome, according to a new University of...
  • Health warning over statin taken by millions (Simvastatin)

    03/20/2010 4:54:22 PM PDT · by TennesseeGirl · 92 replies · 2,249+ views
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 03/20/10 | Rebecca Smith
    Simvastatin is taken by around three million people in order to lower their cholesterol and reduce the risk of having a heart attack. However an analysis of clinical trial data in America has found that high doses can cause muscle damage and a rare condition which induces kidney problems and may be fatal. Patients were told not to stop taking simvastatin but advised to talk to their doctor if they have concerns. The American medicines regulator, the Food and Drug Administration, has issued a warning to patients to be alert to signs of problems when taking the 80mg daily dose...
  • President Obama Digs In to a Southern-Style Lunch, Says He Doesn't Want 'Lectures' About Cholesterol

    03/02/2010 2:38:44 PM PST · by Nachum · 61 replies · 1,537+ views
    abc ^ | 3/2/10 | ABC News’ Karen Travers and Sunlen Miller report:
    Just days after his doctors expressed concerns about his rising cholesterol levels, President Obama dropped by a family-style restaurant for an authentic – but perhaps not so healthy – Southern style lunch in Savannah, Georgia. In between events, Obama paid a visit to Mrs. Wilkes' Dining Room and made it clear he did not want to hear it from the press about his choice of lunch. “I don’t want any lectures about my cholesterol,” Obama said. “Don’t tell Michelle.”
  • Obama walks to White House to improve cholesterol

    03/01/2010 9:33:30 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 97 replies · 1,847+ views
    WASHINGTON — Poll results, congressional head counts and federal deficits aren't the only numbers President Barack Obama has to worry about. Now, he's trying to walk off a marginally high cholesterol count.
  • Differential effects of simvastatin and pravastatin... (Statins)

    10/28/2009 7:21:09 PM PDT · by TennesseeGirl · 48 replies · 2,058+ views
    Journal of Lipid Research ^ | 2009 | Weijiang Dong, Simona Vuletic, and John J. Albers
    Inhibitors of HMG-CoA reductase (statins) are widely used medications for reduction of cholesterol levels. Statin use significantly reduces risk of cardiovascular disease but has also been associated with lower risk of other diseases and conditions, including dementia. However, some reports suggest that statins also have detrimental effects on the brain......Our data suggest that simvastatin and pravastatin differentially affect expression of genes involved in neurodegeneration and that statin-dependent gene expression regulation is cell type specific (excerpted)