Tag: cholesterol

Why Conventional Blood Tests Aren’t Enough to Detect Heart Disease Risk

Why Conventional Blood Tests Aren’t Enough to Detect Heart Disease Risk

Despite regular testing for cholesterol, triglycerides, blood pressure, blood sugar, etc. at your doctor visits, and prescribed medications and diets for abnormal levels revealed from such testing, most people who have a heart attack or stroke have very few or even no conventional heart disease risk factors. This phenomenon has stumped doctors and researchers for decades. The truth is, conventional…

Four Blood Tests for Heart Disease Your Doctor Probably Missed

Four Blood Tests for Heart Disease Your Doctor Probably Missed

You are already familiar with the usual blood tests that tell you whether you’re at greater risk for heart disease—total cholesterol, LDL and HDL cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood sugar. But these tests only give part of the picture (and when it comes to cholesterol and LDL cholesterol, the numbers aren’t as accurate as you’re led to believe). The following four…

Low-Fat Diet or Low-Carb Diet?

At one point or another—or, more likely, for as long as you can remember—you have avoided foods high in fats because you are heeding the advice of most dieticians and nutritionists, and the medical community at large. But you might be surprised to learn that fat is actually good for you, and the low-fat diet craze is based on faulty…

Probiotics for Lowering Cholesterol and Systemic Inflammation

Although probiotics reside in the gut, their effects reach far beyond the digestive tract. The connection between heart and gut health is being investigated, particularly in reference to the use of probiotics for the reduction of LDL cholesterol. In a recent article published in the journal Nutrition Reviews, clinical trials evaluating the effects of probiotics on biomarkers of cardiovascular disease…

Inflammation—The True Marker of Poor Health

Inflammation describes a wide array of immune functions that are supposed to act as a way to get rid of harm in the body, and then to cease. When we get a cold, inflammation runs high as the immune system sends out its troops to conquer the “bad guy” and get it out of the body. This lasts for a…

More Negative Effects of Statins Revealed

Statin drugs are the most widely prescribed drugs worldwide. Many experts believe statins are overprescribed, however, and studies continue to find that statins are not the miracle heart drugs they are painted to be. Two recent studies add to the evidence that statins are not for everyone. Here’s why. The first study, published in the Journal of the American College…

LDL Cholesterol Levels Not Giving an Accurate Picture of Heart Health

The cholesterol story is getting interesting. It used to be that “high cholesterol”—meaning high total cholesterol—caused people to worry about heart health. Then they realized it was more important to look a little closer at the two types of cholesterol—the “good” and “bad” cholesterol, which actually refers to the carriers of the cholesterol rather than the cholesterol itself. LDL cholesterol…

My Public Television Specials Are Airing in June!

I’m excited to announce that my Public Television shows—Heart of Perfect Health and The Road to Perfect Health—will be airing again this month from June 1st through June 16th. You’ll find a wealth of surprising and life-changing information on how Americans can live longer, healthier and more productive lives. For the past 20 years, many of you have been with…

No Link between Eggs and Heart Disease—Shocked?

I was pleased to learn about a recent meta-analysis published in the British Medical Journal that will hopefully put to rest one of the biggest diet myths—that eggs are bad for your heart. The analysis analyzed data from eight clinical studies involving almost half a million people, and found no association between high egg consumption and risk of heart disease…