I have recently spent more time in drugs stores than I would like helping my sister on her journey through (and hopefully to the other side of) cancer. Rite Aid, CVS and Walgreens all had large diabetes sections offering support for a “diabetes lifestyle”—glucose monitors, lancets, blood pressure cuffs, medications, supplements and pharmacy magazines heavily supported by pharmaceutical advertising.
Patients are encouraged to get their eye check ups, monitor their blood pressure, track their blood sugars, have foot exams and see their doctor’s regularly for better management of their blood sugars—all apparently sensible advice for diabetics. (more…)
Cholesterol does not cause heart disease. Cholesterol is what heart disease acts upon.
Cholesterol is a good thing. The more you have, the longer you’ll live.
In fact, the prestigious medical journal The Lancet did a study that looked at 724 people and followed them for 10 years. Researchers found that higher cholesterol meant a lower chance of dying from any cause.(1)
Cholesterol is a part of your body, and it’s a bad idea to declare war on a part of your body.
Unfortunately, many people who rely on mainstream medicine for health information haven’t gotten the message. (more…)
Extensive Big Pharma propaganda has most allopathic physicians and their patients focused on blood cholesterol levels as a critical factor in cardiovascular disease development, as this is a number they can easily manipulate with dangerous statin drugs. Extensive scientific research points to increased levels of blood fat triglycerides as a primary cause of heart disease, cognitive decline, dementia and metabolic syndrome leading to diabetes. Researchers reporting in the Journal of Atherosclerosis and Thrombosis found that the full spectrum of vitamin E tocotrienols supplemented for 30 days decreased artery-clogging triglycerides by 28%. Vitamin E tocotrienol supplementation along with carbohydrate restriction is recommended for individuals with a triglyceride level above 80 mg/dl to reduce cardiovascular and chronic disease risks. (more…)
Stroke is a highly recognizable and tragic part of our health psyche today. With good reason prevention is seen as being key. Medical science has pointed a decisive finger at controlling cholesterol levels as one of the ways to reduce the risk of ischemic stroke. Recent research has shown, however, that there may be more to the prevention equation to consider.
A study conducted in Copenhagen highlights an interesting correlation between ischemic stroke and non-fasting triglyceride levels (triglyceride levels while eating or just after eating). Researchers found that as non-fasting triglyceride levels rose the risk of ischemic stroke rose as well. It would seem that lowering one’s non-fasting triglyceride levels would be imperative in reducing stroke risk.
Fibrates are a class of drug used to treated ‘dyslipidaemia’ – abnormalities in blood fat levels. They can help to reduce levels of supposedly unhealthy low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol. They also have the capacity to raise levels of ‘healthy’ high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol as well as reduce levels of unhealthy blood fats known as triglycerides.
Fibrates are often used as an adjunct to statin drugs, particularly in individuals suffering from type 2 diabetes who tend to run relatively low levels of HDL and raised levels of triglycerides.
A report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association this week reveals that in the US, fibrate prescriptions more than doubled between 2002 and 2009 . So, it seems some doctors have quite an appetite for prescribing these drugs. The question is, do they work? (more…)
File this one under: Food Cures, Inuit-style.
One of the worst kept health secrets around is that a diet high in fatty fish oil is very healthful for the body. A study of a particular group of Native Americans in Alaska has yielded more insight into what fish mean to our health. It suggests that a high intake of omega-3 fats could prevent chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and obesity. (more…)
Men who are impotent are at increased risk for heart attacks and diabetes. Men who are impotent are at increased risk for heart attacks and diabetes. (Atherosclerosis, February 2011). The two most common causes of impotence are blood vessel disease (arteriosclerosis) or lack of the male hormone, testosterone. When a man lacks testosterone, he usually has little or no sexual desire. On the other hand, if he still has desire, his testosterone is usually normal but his blood vessels are usually damaged and the same damage that occurs in the penis also occurs in the arteries leading to his heart. (more…)