elevated cholesterol

Low Fat Dieting Can Increase Heart Disease in Women

The Study The Women’s Health Initiative was a massive study launched in 1991 to evaluate the health benefits for women if they ate less fat in their diet. This is one of the largest nutritional studies ever done. The study involved almost 50,000 women, some of who were placed on a low-fat, high fruit, vegetable …

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Reduce Carbs to Lower Triglycerides

Excess Carbohydrates Cause Elevated Triglycerides Overweight patients commonly have elevations of their small LDL cholesterol and triglycerides as well as decreases of their HDL cholesterol; all of these changes  correlate with an increased risk of heart attacks.   This pattern is collectively known as atherogenic dyslipidemia and is associated with the narrowing of arteries called atherosclerosis. …

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High Cholesterol Is A Problem for Kids Too!

A federal health report says 20% of U.S. children and teens have abnormal lipid levels, an indication of too much bad cholesterol, too little good cholesterol or high triglycerides.  These abnormal levels can raise the risk for heart disease which is the leading cause of death in the United States. Reseachers have found that children and …

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A Reply To Comments About ‘Saturated (Animal) Fat Does Not Cause Heart Disease’

My recent post,  Saturated (Animal) Fat Does Not Cause Heart Disease has generated numerous e-mails and comments that seem to focus on the connection between our dietary cholesterol intake and the fact that vascular plaques that lead to arterial blockage also contain cholesterol. One read wrote, “If dietary fat intake doesn’t lead to increased cholesterol …

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Saturated (Animal) Fat Does Not Cause Heart Disease

Ever since 1953 when a physiologist named Ancel Keys, Ph.D. compared fat intake and deaths from heart disease in seven countries including the U.S., the American medical establishment has clung to an unproven belief that saturated fat was evil. But in 1957, Jacob Yerushalmy, Ph.D. established this research was false and that Keys was guilty of only …

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Why Full-Fat Salad Dressing is Better For You

Research performed by Melody Brown (see research article), demonstrates that after ingestion of the salads with fat-free salad dressing, the appearance of a variety of vitamins (carotene, ß-carotene, and lycopene) in the blood stream was very low.  Reduced-fat salad dressing resulted in a slight but small increase in vitamin levels. Full-fat salad dressing resulted in …

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Learn How to Interpret Your Cholesterol and Triglyceride Lab results

Triglycerides Healthy Range = Less than 150. Triglycerides are fats composed of fatty acids and glycerol. Triglycerides combine with proteins to form particles called lipoproteins that transport fats through the bloodstream. These lipoproteins carry triglycerides from the liver to other parts of the body that need this energy source. Triglycerides then return to the liver …

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Cholesterol and Heart Attack Risk

What are we dealing with here? For years traditional medicine has been dealing with these common medical complications as separate entities and for good reason. Treating each condition seemed to reduce the patient’s risk of more complications in the future. With our limited understanding, we knew treating elevated blood pressure resulted in fewer strokes and …

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