cholesterol

Cholesterol levels in the blood are widely acknowledged indicators of heart disease risk. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the ideal level of LDL or "bad" cholesterol is anything less than 100 mg per dl (100 ccs of blood). But for so-called "good" cholesterol, the HDL, anything above 60 mg/dl is considered protective against heart disease. That's because HDL facilitates removing cholesterol from cells lining the arteries and transporting it back to the liver, thus reducing the risk of blocked arteries.

Some research (for example here) questions...

We've described research indicating that the cholesterol content of egg yolks shouldn't prevent most people from gaining the nutritional benefits that eggs can provide (see here, for example). And now some recent research suggests that contrary to popular belief, egg consumption may actually alter a person's cholesterol profile for the better. The report was published in the Journal of Nutrition.

Dr. Diana M. DiMarco and colleagues from the University of Connecticut in Storrs enlisted 38 young, healthy men and women between the ages of 18 and 30, none of whom were...

Some new controversy has been cooked up recently about eggs - which is a bit hard to unscramble (ok, ok - that's enough.) 

Controversy over eggs is like controversy over puppies. Or a bouquet of tulips. Or the Oscar for Best Picture.... well, forget that last one.

This time, it's not the usual "there's too much cholesterol" or "only eat the white parts" - neither of which have any basis in science, by the way. Now, the concern that is being echoed on natural food sites across the internet is that particular methods of cooking eggs, scrambling them in particular, is dangerous because heating the yolk can convert the cholesterol in it into the most dangerous form of cholesterol - very low density lipoprotein (VLDL.) 

In fact, on the website Terrific Fitness,...

A recent study on how olive oil affects HDL and LDL (good and bad cholesterol in your body) has us wondering.. Is all cholesterol created equal?

Red Yeast Rice

If you have high cholesterol, you are probably familiar with a group of cholesterol lowering medications called “statins” commonly known by brand names like Lipitor, Zocor, Crestor etc.  Statins are the most effective medicines for lowering bad cholesterol (LDL) which causes atherosclerosis (plaque build-up in blood vessels) leading to heart attack and stroke.   But not all persons who can benefit from statins are taking them.  Some people have to stop taking statins because of adverse reactions (ARs).  As such, they often turn to alternatives like Red Yeast Rice (RYR) – an over the counter (OTC) supplement which has cholesterol-lowering action.  In some cases, people opt to take RYR instead of prescription cholesterol medicines because products labeled “natural” appear safer than...

Democratic Presidential contender Hillary Clinton is back on the campaign trail after the 68-year-old had rested at her home in Chappaqua, New York for a few days last week following what appeared to be a 'dizzy' spell during a visit to the National September 11 Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center last Sunday.

After that, her personal physician since 2001, Dr. Lisa Bardack, M.D., chair of internal medicine at the Mount Kisco Medical Group, released a statement that read, “Secretary Clinton has been experiencing a cough related to allergies. On Friday, during follow up evaluation of her prolonged cough, she was diagnosed with pneumonia. She was put on antibiotics, and advised to rest and modify her schedule. While at this morning's event, she became overheated and...

shutterstock_211260655 Artery blocked by atherosclerotic plaque via Shutterstock

Cholesterol deposits in the arteries of the heart, or atheorsclerosis, are major indices of current or impending heart disease/heart attacks. For many years, the preferred way of lowering blood cholesterol has been with the use of statin drugs, like Lipitor.

Statins inhibit the biosynthesis of cholesterol in the liver, which is responsible for about 80 percent of the total cholesterol in the body. But if a person already has significant...

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We've said it before egg consumption, indeed dietary cholesterol intake, is not a major risk factor for heart disease. A new study from Finland bolsters the strength of that conclusion even...

Screen Shot 2016-01-08 at 10.38.13 AMEvery five years, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Agriculture are tasked with updating the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and 2015 saw the production of the latest version. This report is not drastically different from the one published in 2010, but there are some differences, some of which make the 2015 version more science-based that the last one.

Unfortunately, some of the changes are not for the best and will...

5-lipitor-tabletNearly half of Americans whose cholesterol readings put them at higher risk of heart attack or stroke are not taking medication to drive down that risk, says a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CDC researchers examined data from the 2005-2012 National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (NHANES is an ongoing national survey using a complex, multistage, probability sampling design to measure the health and nutritional status of the...