The personal blog of Peter Attia, M.D.

The straight dope on cholesterol – Part I

The straight dope on cholesterol – Part I
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I’ve been planning to write at length about this topic for a few months, but I’ve been hesitant to do so for several reasons:

  1. To discuss it properly requires great care and attention (mine and yours, respectively).
  2. My own education on this topic only really ...
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How do some cultures stay lean while still consuming high amounts of carbohydrates?

How do some cultures stay lean while still consuming high amounts of carbohydrates?
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Many of you have asked this question over the past few months, and I’m sure many more of you have at least contemplated this question at some point.  I know I did.

 

For the ...

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Gravity and insulin: the dynamic duo

Gravity and insulin: the dynamic duo
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Last week I wrote about how carbohydrates are effectively a performance-enhancing substance, at least for certain performances in certain people.  I received many great questions, including some challenging this suggestion, which really pleases me because it demonstrates folks are thinking about tradeoffs and questioning everything.

Is carbohydrate ...

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What do anabolic steroids, EPO, and carbohydrates have in common?

What do anabolic steroids, EPO, and carbohydrates have in common?
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Before getting to this week’s post, if anyone didn’t see the 60 Minutes segment on Sunday about the toxicity of sugar, here is a link to it.  I was pleasantly surprised by what they were able to ...

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If low carb eating is so effective, why are people still overweight?

If low carb eating is so effective, why are people still overweight?
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I find myself getting asked this question, or some variant of this question, with increasing frequency as I speak and write about the Alternative Hypothesis I find most compelling surrounding obesity and chronic disease. ...

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Is red meat killing us?

Is red meat killing us?
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“For the greatest enemy of truth is very often not the lie — deliberate, contrived and dishonest — but the myth — persistent, persuasive, and unrealistic. Too often we hold fast to the clichés of our forebears. We subject all facts to a prefabricated set of interpretations. We enjoy ...

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