Archive for 'Cholesterol'

When does heart disease begin (and what this tells us about prevention)?

When does heart disease begin (and what this tells us about prevention)?

I know, I know, I said I was going to limit things to one post per year, but the last one doesn’t really count and while the year isn’t even half over I’m willing to predict nothing will inspire me more to write a post in the next 6 months than Allan Sniderman’s recent editorial piece in JAMA Cardiology. More on that momentarily.

Before I get into this post I want to lay a few things out.

  1. This post is written mostly ...
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Random finding (plus pi)

Random finding (plus pi)

The best part of parenting (so far)? Helping your kids overcome things you struggled with. It’s at least in the top 5.

Last Saturday my daughter came home from dance class—something she normally loves—and seemed upset. A bit of prodding led to the cause: a girl in her dance class told her she was “as fat as a hippopotamus.”  My first reaction (note to self: probably not the right one) was to laugh out loud, given that my daughter is probably in ...

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How did we come to believe saturated fat and cholesterol are bad for us?

How did we come to believe saturated fat and cholesterol are bad for us?

There aren’t too many topics that really get me riled up anymore.  I’m too old and too busy to care about debating the merits of stem cell research, the legalization of marijuana, or Proposition 8.  Sure, I have strong opinions on all of these topics and more, but they are just that – opinions.  Furthermore, there are enough other people out there, some reasonable, most irrational, already fighting those fights.  So what does get me riled up?  Every time I ...

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The straight dope on cholesterol – Part IX

The straight dope on cholesterol – Part IX

Previously, across 8 parts of this series we’ve laid the groundwork to ask perhaps the most important question of all:

What should you eat to have the greatest chance of delaying the arrival of cardiovascular disease?

Before we get there, since this series has been longer and more detailed than any of us may have wanted, it is probably worth reviewing the summary points from the previous posts in this series (or you can just skip this and jump to the ...

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The straight dope on cholesterol – Part VIII

The straight dope on cholesterol – Part VIII

Last week the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) published an article titled Lipid-Related Markers and Cardiovascular Disease Prediction, which you can download here.  This is quite timely as we are in the midst of our series on cholesterol and heart disease risk factors.

I was planning to write a post on my interpretation of this report, as I know many of you have questions about it, when I was reminded of one of ...

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The straight dope on cholesterol – Part VII

The straight dope on cholesterol – Part VII

 

Previously, in Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV, Part V ,and Part VI of this series, we addressed these 8 concepts:

     #1What is cholesterol?

     #2What is the relationship between the cholesterol we eat and the cholesterol in our ...

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