Recently the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiologists issued a joint statement urging a wider use of cholesterol drugs called “statins” to help prevent America’s No. 1 killer: heart disease.By Dennis Goodman, MD, FACC
There are plenty of good reasons to take a fish oil supplement, but if lowering your cholesterol is the ultimate goal, you’re wasting your money.What you need to know to reap the benefitsBy Fred Sancilio, PhD
A visit to the doctor can be overwhelming. Between finding the right office, figuring out insurance forms, and that sick kid coughing next to you in the lobby, you might feel more stressed out than you were when you booked your appointment. Then comes the doctor lingo and all the numbers. If you find yourself wondering: “What does this even mean?!”—you’re not alone.
If you’ve banished red meats and egg yolks from your diet for health reasons, there’s reason to rejoice. I think the notion that saturated fat and cholesterol are the demons in the diet is 100 percent wrong. When you look at the data, it’s very clear: Most of what we’ve been told about saturated fat and cholesterol is simply not so.A surprising list of the new health foods—and some to avoidBy Jonny Bowden, PhD, CNS, aka “The Rogue Nutritionist”
WHAT IT IS: Niacin—also known as vitamin B3 or nicotinic acid—plays a role in numerous metabolic pathways and boasts impressive lipid-improving abilities. Niacin comes in an extended-release supplement form known as wax matrix niacin or extended-release nicotinic acid.
“Jim” was a patient of mine years back. He had come to me for holistic advice on heart health—his doctors were recommending statin drugs to control his cholesterol, even though he’d never had a heart attack. As an integrative physician, I occasionally prescribe certain pharmaceuticals when the patient and I feel it’s necessary.What you need to know about statins and cholesterolBy Isaac Eliaz, MD, MS, LAc
Trying to prevent heart disease by lowering cholesterol is like trying to prevent obesity by cutting out lettuce.(It’s not about cholesterol)By Jonny Bowden, PhD, CNS, a.k.a. “The Rogue Nutritionist”
2013 is shaping up to be a year of prevention, which should have you thinking about how well you are treating your own heart. If you are trying to maintain healthy cholesterol levels, or your doctor has said that you need to lower your cholesterol, you are probably trying to keep a close eye on your diet.How to eat to keep your cholesterol lowBy Rebecca S. Reeves, DrPH, RD, RADA
High triglycerides and oxidized LDL are way bigger risk factors for heart disease than total cholesterol. If you’ve read my book The Great Cholesterol Myth, you know that, already. That said, many folks—and many doctors—remain concerned when cholesterol goes too high.What you need to knowBy Jonny Bowden, PhD, CNS, aka “The Rogue Nutritionist”
In what promises to be an eye-opener for many doctors and patients who routinely depend on cholesterol testing, a study led by researchers at Johns Hopkins found that the standard formula used for decades to calculate LDL cholesterol levels is often inaccurate.