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Cholesterol

The latest developments in heart health, cholesterol science, prevention of cardiovascular disease, and how genetics play a role in what constitutes a heart healthy diet.

March 6, 2020

What’s so good about ‘good’ cholesterol? Is higher HDL really better?

A new analysis of data from the PICASSO trial has lipid lovers all a fluster. Some folks are saying that this analysis is proof that your HDL levels don’t matter… Read More

TG levels
February 20, 2020

Why are my Triglyceride Levels so High?

If you just got your blood work back, maybe you’re asking, “Why are my Triglyceride levels so high?” Chances are, it’s because of your diet and lifestyle. This is good… Read More

February 19, 2020

In Defense of DNA Diets

If you have been Googling “do DNA diets work?” you may have found an article written by Scientific American titled “Matching DNA to a Diet Does Not Work.” The JAMA… Read More

Lower cholesterol
February 11, 2020

5 Tips for Lower Cholesterol by Enhancing Cholesterol Clearance

Want to lower cholesterol? It’s a worthy goal. High LDL-C is one of the major risk factors for heart disease. When approaching a cholesterol lowering plan of attack, it may… Read More

February 4, 2020

What is ApoB and Why Does it Matter for Heart Health?

In New York City, yellow taxis shuttle people around the 5 boroughs. Similarly, in our bodies, lipoproteins shuttle different types of fats around to various parts of the body. Certain… Read More

PCSK9 drugs
January 27, 2020

Should you take PCSK9 inhibitors?

First up, what is PCSK9 and why would you want to inhibit it? The short answer is that PCSK9 is a protein that helps regulate cholesterol levels. The more you… Read More

can cholesterol be too low?
January 23, 2020

5 Key Causes of Low Cholesterol, and Why it Matters

Cholesterol is an essential component of cell membranes and a precursor to steroid hormones, vitamin D, and bile acids. Thankfully, the body makes 80% of its cholesterol “in-house,” which means… Read More

January 23, 2020

Smith-Lemli-Opitz Syndrome and Cholesterol: What You Need to Know

In this series of articles on cholesterol, I’ve already looked at whether cholesterol can be too low (spoiler alert! It can!). In this article, I look at one key cause… Read More

January 20, 2020

Ranking the 20 Foods Highest in Cholesterol

Cholesterol is so fundamental to life that our body’s make 80% of the cholesterol in our system at any given time. In fact, all our cells can make their own… Read More

PCSK9 drugs
October 21, 2019

My Experience With Zetia

Ezetimibe, or “Zetia” for short is an important heart drug which helps people who hyper-absorb cholesterol (and plant sterol) from taking on more of these fats than their body can… Read More

September 19, 2019

How to Avoid Eating Trans Fats – and why it Matters

Trans fats are a particularly dangerous type of fat that are great at preserving the shelf life of processed foods, but terrible for your cardiovascular health. Sadly, though, the Food… Read More

morning coffee
May 23, 2019

Why Coffee is Bad for Me, but Might be Good for You

You know what I would like to do right now? Drink a cup of coffee (an Americano from La Colombe to be exact). Then have another. After that, I’d bring… Read More

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