When I was a young cardiologist, I lectured on behalf of pharmaceutical companies, praising statin drugs and earning myself the nickname of “cholesterol choirboy.” Several years later, I discovered the dark side of statins – that they cause… Continue Reading
Why and How to Test Cholesterol Particle Size
In 2016, I learned that one of my top recommended heart tests—the VAP test for cholesterol particle size—was discontinued. The VAP was the first of a new generation of cholesterol tests that I began recommending over a decade… Continue Reading
Low HDL? Try Raising It with Almonds!
Researchers in Pakistan have found that eating a few almonds on a regular basis can raise the level of HDL cholesterol in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD). HDL is short for high density lipoprotein. It’s a form of cholesterol that serves… Continue Reading
“I do most things right and am in good health, but I have a family history of high cholesterol. My cholesterol is really high and my doctor says I have to do something about it. I’m really worried…. Continue Reading
Finally, Experts Agree – Dietary Cholesterol Isn’t Dangerous!
Citing scientific evidence, the leading nutrition advisory group in the U.S. has reversed a longstanding position on cholesterol in food. The advisory group is an expert panel that helps the government establish its official dietary guidelines every five… Continue Reading
Top U.S. Nutrition Panel Says That Dietary Cholesterol No Longer a “Nutrient of Concern”
Not guilty…and it’s about time. That’s my take on the 2015 finding of the influential U.S. Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee that cholesterol in food is “not a nutrient of concern for overconsumption.” Until now, the “official” position on cholesterol consumption… Continue Reading
Types of Cholesterol
There are all sorts of pages on the Web right now that still reflect outdated, overly simplified information about cholesterol, and your doctor may also be telling you the same things. Here are the basics of cholesterol that… Continue Reading
What the New Cholesterol Guidelines Mean to You
For the first time in a decade, experts from the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association announced new prevention and medication guidelines aimed at reducing heart attack and stroke risk related to arterial disease. The… Continue Reading
Worried About Cholesterol?
Despite decades of public brainwashing about the dangers of cholesterol, I am amazed at how little people actually know about cholesterol…learn more about cholesterol and liberate yourself from unnecessary anxiety. The word cholesterol remains for most people synonymous… Continue Reading
Do Statins Cause Diabetes?
In 2011, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ordered the manufacturers of statins, the widely prescribed cholesterol-lowering drugs, to include a warning on medication labels about the potential for raising blood sugar levels. The action took place after multiple… Continue Reading