Posts Tagged: hdl

Lowering Cholesterol Without Statins



By Matt Stone One of the biggest health wars being fought in the world today is against the rise of what is considered “worsening” blood lipid profiles.  The major risk factors associated with heart disease and diabetes are high blood pressure, high levels of inflammatory markers like CRP, low HDL “good cholesterol,” high LDL “bad cholesterol,” high triglycerides, and high blood glucose levels. Note – these are all just risk factors.  They don’t necessarily cause these diseases, but point to an increased statistical likelihood of having heart disease or diabetes.  You can have perfect blood lipids and still drop dead of a heart attack.  And the “experts” can’t even agree on what an ideal blood lipid profile is.  The general public, uninformed and simple-minded, still think that what matters most… Read more »

What Are the Causes of Heart Disease and Does Cholesterol Cause Heart Disease?


Oh god, my hands are trembling just t-t-t-t-t-typing the word “cholesterol.” It’s so scary. It is one of the definitive words of an aging, hospital-ridden, overweight baby boomer. It’s a symbol of having choked down one-too many ribeyes and a few too many plates of bacon and eggs(because the causes of heart disease and cholesterol all involve our favorite foods). Cholesterol is without a doubt a formidable opponent to the health of homo sapiens. It is like a germ that infects our arteries with its poison. Or at least, that’s what most people think. But does cholesterol cause heart disease, really? And what is the link between the infamous cholesterol and heart disease? Cholesterol is an essential nutrient in the human body. It is so important that your body was… Read more »

Lower Triglycerides Through Diet


Having high levels of triglycerides appears to be one of the leading risk factors for heart disease. An even better indicator is looking at a ratio of triglycerides to HDL cholesterol. A ratio of 3:1 or higher tells us far more about a person’s risk of developing heart disease than any other diagnostic lab value. The higher the triglycerides, the higher the value, and the higher the statistical chance of getting heart disease. The causes of high triglycerides is a short list made up mostly of fructose, as well as fructose, and also fructose. Okay, and alcohol too. No one likes oversimplified theories. They seem suspect. But if you want the truth on how to lower triglycerides, you’re just going to have to accept the simplicity of the correct answer…. Read more »