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November 22, 2010 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times
The cholesterol drug anacetrapib -- or, rather, the hubbub about it -- shows one thing: Consumers desperately want a cholesterol drug that's both effective and safe. Anacetrapid is showing promise in raising good cholesterol and lowering bad cholesterol. And the Booster Shots blog and this related video explain the optimism surrounding the clinical trials so far. But at least one fact has gotten lost amid the excitement: Many people don’t need to take drugs to lower their cholesterol and boost their HDL or good cholesterol.
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HEALTH
November 23, 2009 | By Jeannine Stein
Don't blame Starbucks: Police may have poorer health due to the late shifts and overtime they often work. The resulting sleep deficits may cause them to develop metabolic syndrome, a cluster of symptoms including high blood pressure, insulin resistance and high triglycerides that raises risk for stroke, cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes, a study suggests. The research, published in the Archives of Environmental and Occupational Health and conducted by John Violanti of the State University of New York at Buffalo and colleagues, focused on 98 police officers.
NEWS
March 4, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Tribune Health
When a nearly 600-pound man who boldly promoted food at a restaurant called the Heart Attack Grill dies, one of the first reactions is likely to be ... , well, not one of surprise. But then comes the news that Blair River might have died of pneumonia. Hold on. Don't order up that 8,000-calorie burger just yet. Note that there is a potential link between obesity and pneumonia. "After accounting for factors such as lifestyle and education, moderately obese men -- those with a body mass index between 30 and 34.9 -- had a 40% greater risk of pneumonia compared with those of normal weight (BMI of less than 24.9)
SCIENCE
April 20, 2010 | By Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times
Feeding a sweet tooth won't just lead to weight gain and a mouthful of cavities. A new study suggests that diets high in added sugars can alter levels of important blood fats and increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. The study, published in the Wednesday edition of the Journal of the American Medical Assn., found that people who got at least 25% of their daily calories from added sugars of any kind were 3.1 times more likely to have low levels of so-called good cholesterol in their bloodstream than people who got less than 5% of their calories from added sweeteners.
HEALTH
November 25, 2002 | Jane E. Allen, Times Staff Writer
At a time when many dieters are shedding pounds by indulging in great plates of steaks, bacon, eggs and butter, even doctors are seeing some positives in the regimen that flies in the face of conventional nutritional wisdom. Trouble is, no one yet knows whether favoring fat over carbohydrates makes people healthier in the long run. Dr. Eric C. Westman, an internist at Duke University, stepped into the lion's den last week when he presented data to the American Heart Assn.'
HEALTH
October 18, 2004 | Judy Foreman, Special to The Times
More than 30 years ago, when Dr. David Heber was an intern, he asked the senior doctors the same questions over and over: "How come all my patients have high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes? Are these things linked?" He said his mentors at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston would shrug and say, "Dave, common things occur commonly. Go back to work." Today, doctors know Heber's intuition was right. Type 2 diabetes and heart disease are physiologically linked.
HEALTH
December 10, 2007 | Susan Bowerman, Special to The Times
Our hunter-gatherer ancestors spent hours each day searching for food that was only intermittently available. They'd fast, and then they'd feast. These ancient humans developed a "thrifty" genotype that helped them adapt to these cycles of want and plenty.
HEALTH
March 15, 2010 | Joe Graedon, Teresa Graedon, The People's Pharmacy
Q: Which is better, fish oil or flax oil capsules? Both contain omega-3 fatty acids, but it is much harder for the body to utilize the fats from flaxseed oil. If your goal is to lower cholesterol and triglycerides, fish oil is preferable. During a recent stay in the hospital, while swallowing pills I mentioned to the nurse that I had a dread of having a large pill get stuck in my throat. She explained that the right way to swallow is to lower your chin down toward your chest.
NEWS
April 24, 2002 | LIZ F. KAY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Overweight people who consume lots of dairy products may be less likely to develop risk factors for diabetes, a study shows. The findings, published in today's issue of the Journal of the American Medical Assn., pertain to insulin resistance syndrome, a condition that can lead to diabetes and that afflicts 1 in 4 Americans. The body of an insulin-resistant person must produce an elevated level of insulin to control his or her blood sugar.
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