Since the 1950s, cholesterol has been demonized for clogging up you arteries, raising blood cholesterol, and being the leading cause of all heart diseases. Because of this, people have been lowering their intake of cholesterol rich foods, and today, cholesterol lowering drugs are a tens of billions of dollar industry. You’ve most likely heard in the past, “Lower your intake of eggs and red meat because they’ll raise your cholesterol!” and you see food labels of “low fat,” “low cholesterol,” “heart healthy” everywhere....more

Bad Fat Science

I've written a few wordy blog entries about this old idea that fat is inherently bad for you. One post I wrote called Fat Lies! talks about the flawed studies that brought about the Non-Fat and Low-Fat era....more

Heart Attack

I had a startling personal expierence regarding heart attacks.  I had one, November 17th, 2007.  My left anterior descending artery was 85% clogged.  My cholesterol was sky high.What is startling about that is, that 4 months prior to that heart attack my cholesterol, lipids, all blood work was better than the doctor I was seeing....more

Research links cholesterol levels and Alzheimer's

Are you really surprised by this? It's like "the hip bone is connected to the leg bone" song but on a microscopic scale.A new study is the first of its kind because it looked at living humans, not autopsy patients. The researchers found that too much bad cholesterol (LDL) or too little good cholesterol (HDL) appear to increase the levels of amyloid that contributes to Alzheimer's....more

Fighting High Cholesterol Through Your Diet

Fighting High Cholesterol Through Your Diet Did you know that 14% of American adults have high cholesterol? If you've been rea...more

High Cholesterol at Any Age: The Genetic Disorder Behind My Early Heart Attack

I was out for dinner with friends one day when I unexpectedly began to feel faint. I became hot and started sweating profusely and my chest swelled with pressure.  I was only 40 and thought this might be a hormonal issue because I recently had a hysterectomy, so the following morning I went to my OBGYN. She gave me an EKG test and told me that I had a heart attack the night before. It was incredible! So incredible that my cardiologist didn’t want to believe it....more

Heart Disease: Not Just a Man's Disease

It’s February, and while that means valentines and chocolates and birthdays, let’s not forget that it’s American Heart Month.Did you know that you’re more likely to get heart disease than cancer in your lifetime? It’s true. One out of 4 women will eventually die of heart disease. Heart disease is the No. 1 cause of death among all women....more
@theprofhypo And that's the truth! :)more

Dad and Good cholesterol

High cholesterol levels may adversely affect our health in various ways. It's not actually only the total cholesterol level in our bodies that counts, but also the breakdown between good and bad cholesterol. So, although our doctor may have told us to lower our total cholesterol in order to improve our health it is also important to raise our level of good cholesterol.Cholesterin is carried finished your bloodstream related to proteins titled lipoproteins, which are low- and high-density lipoproteins (LDL and HDL)....more

Easy Bake Oven, Mom-Style

What's great about roasted chicken is that it's healthy, and it’s the ‘dinner that keeps on giving’ with terrific leftovers. But I rarely serve it because the store-cooked chickens are always dry, and…well… actually roasting a chicken is awful.  The sticky process of tying down the legs, the horror of reaching into the cavity for the giblets. And the guilt when you toss the carcass rather than making soup.  Because who does that, really? So basically, I never roast a whole chicken....more

Dear Doctor: you didn't just say I should ditch wine, did you?

When my doctor said I should take fish oil pills to lower my suddenly-high triglycerides (and general high cholesterol), I was all fine with that. The problem was she also suggested I cut down (she might have said cut out) alcohol.  At this, I was horrified.  I have one measly glass of wine a night.  One.I would have just taken the fish oil pills and ignored this entirely, except my friend Christine asked me WHY you should reduce alcohol when you have high cholesterol and/or triglycerides....more

I totally agree with you. I have already begun to make major cut backs on my sugar intake, and ...more