The production of Lp(a) is controlled by a specific gene. So if you have a mutated version of that gene, then it can lead to higher Lp(a) levels. There are other genetic relationships, but Lp(a) is pretty strongly genetically determined. You could be doing everything right, frustratingly, and still have a relatively high Lp(a) level. The thing to understand is that Lp(a), in studies, has been associated with high risk of cardiovascular disease and heart… Read More
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I just read a fantastic article by Dr. Malcolm Kendrick about how deceptive and misleading media reporting on statin drug trials can be. Dr. Kendrick uses the Heart Protection Study (HPS) as an example. From the press release for the study: “In this trial, 10 thousand people were on a statin. If now, an extra 10 million high-risk people worldwide go onto statin treatment, this would save about 50,000 lives each year—that’s a thousand a… Read More
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
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.… Read More
In this episode we conclude the excellent 3-part series on cholesterol and heart disease with Chris Masterjohn. It’s been a pleasure to have Chris with us throughout the series, as he’s the most knowledgeable person I know about these topics. We’ll certainly have him back in the future! In case you missed them, here are links to Part 1 and Part 2. In this episode, we cover: 2:30 The role of cholesterol in heart disease… Read More
In this episode we discuss a study showing low cholesterol is associated with higher risk of death in women, and other topics.