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Heart Disease

6 Ways To Lower Blood Pressure By Changing Your Diet

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This is a guest post by Laura Schoenfeld, a Registered Dietitian with a Master’s degree in Public Health, and staff nutritionist and content manager for ChrisKresser.com. You can learn more about Laura by checking out her blog or visiting her on Facebook. High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is a serious and common condition that can lead to life-threatening diseases such as heart attack, stroke, heart or kidney failure, and more. While 1 in 3 American adults have high blood pressure,… Read More

3 Reasons Why You Should Be Skeptical of the New Cholesterol Guidelines

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I’m sure you’ve heard by now that the leading heart organizations in the U.S. have released updated treatment guidelines for cholesterol-lowering drugs (statins). The changes include discarding the specific numerical targets that have been used to monitor treatment for decades and recommending a statin for everyone with a 10-year risk of heart attack or stroke of 7.5% or higher, as determined by a new risk calculator. The new guidelines have received a lot of media… Read More

The Diet-Heart Myth: How to Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Naturally

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This is the final article in the Diet-Heart Myth series I’ve been writing over the past several weeks. If you missed the previous articles, you can find them on the special report page for heart disease. Ben Franklin said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Heart disease is no exception. According to the INTERHEART study, which examined cardiovascular risk factors in 51 countries, 9 out of the 10 strongest risk factors… Read More

The Diet-Heart Myth: Statins Don’t Save Lives in People Without Heart Disease

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To read more about heart disease and cholesterol, check out the special report page. Cardiovascular disease is one of the most misdiagnosed and mistreated conditions in medicine. In the first article in this series, I explained the evidence suggesting that eating cholesterol and saturated fat does not increase the risk of heart disease. In the second article, I explained it’s not the amount of cholesterol in your blood that drives heart disease risk, but the number of LDL particles. In… Read More

Choline and TMAO: Eggs Still Don’t Cause Heart Disease

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A recent study by published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) has proposed a new link between eggs and coronary heart disease (CHD) that doesn’t involve cholesterol. A team of researchers, led by Dr. Stanley Hazen, showed that dietary choline—a nutrient found largely in eggs, beef liver and other animal foods—is metabolized by bacteria in our gut and then converted by the liver into TMAO. They demonstrated this with a “choline challenge”: feeding… Read More

What Causes Elevated LDL Particle Number?

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To read more about heart disease and cholesterol, check out the special report page. In the last article in this series, I explained that LDL particle number (LDL-P) is a much more accurate predictor of cardiovascular disease risk than either LDL or total cholesterol. In this article, I’m going to briefly outline the five primary causes of elevated LDL-P. Conventional medicine is primarily focused on suppressing symptoms. If your blood pressure is high, you take a… Read More