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What’s the Real Cause of Heart Disease?

Ivor Cummins - Framingham and the Muddy Waters (SD 2016)4.9 out of 5 stars5 star93%4 star6%3 star0%2 star0%1 star0%29 ratings2921:00

What’s the real cause of heart disease? How do we most effectively estimate someone’s risk?

Is it possible that we’ve missed the big elephant in the room? Could it be a waste of time to focus on cholesterol? And if so, what should we do instead to prevent heart disease?

Ivor Cummins explains it all – in his very logical yet entertaining way – in this talk from the recent Low Carb USA conference.

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Framingham and the Muddy Waters, Part 1 – Ivor Cummins

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The Great Cholesterol Myth

Dr. Jonny Bowden, PhD - The Great Cholesterol Myth (SD 2016)4.7 out of 5 stars5 star83%4 star11%3 star0%2 star0%1 star5%53 ratings5337:55

“Eating all that fat and cholesterol will clog your arteries and give you heart disease!” Well, it’s not that simple. In this presentation from the Low Carb USA conference, Dr. Jonny Bowden takes on the great cholesterol myth.

Dr. Bowden — a former professional pianist and conductor — earned six certifications in personal training and fitness, has a Masters degree in psychology, a PhD in holistic nutrition, and is board certified by the American College of Nutrition. He’s been seen on most major television networks, including the shows Dr. Oz and The Doctors. He’s the best-selling author of 15 books, including “The Great Cholesterol Myth“.

He’s also a very engaging speaker, and this talk is a good one. What is the great cholesterol myth? Dr. Bowden explains it well here.

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The Great Cholesterol Myth – Dr. Jonny Bowden

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Does Low Carb Have a Cholesterol Problem?

4.3 out of 5 stars5 star67%4 star16%3 star4%2 star6%1 star5%74 ratings4,292 viewsCan a low-carb diet be bad for your cholesterol? Probably not… but maybe.

Most people get great cholesterol values on a low-carb diet. The only thing that usually goes up is the good HDL cholesterol, which is fantastic. This has also been shown in studies, where people on average improve their cholesterol and reduce their risk.

But even if a majority improve their cholesterol, a small minority of people may get significantly higher bad LDL cholesterol. This happens whatever type of measurement we do. Is it dangerous? Nobody knows for sure. So what do we do? Ignore it?

Dr. Sarah Hallberg (of TEDx fame) says no – we can’t ignore these people. In this presentation from this year’s low-carb conference in Vail she discusses what we should do instead – and how to think about your cholesterol on a low-carb diet.

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Good Health Doesn’t Come Out of a Medicine Bottle


Note: This post is by Dr. Aseem Malhotra – his first post on DietDoctor.com.
I recently saw a woman in her early sixties who was terrified because her GP had told her that her cholesterol was high. “Congratulations,” I said. “That will probably help you live longer.” She left smiling.

It is little wonder she had been scared. For decades, governments have issued “low fat” dietary advice, while consumption of sugars and refined carbohydrates has soared. The result has been twin epidemics of type 2 diabetes and obesity – and a bloated medical bill to match. The time has come for an urgent overhaul.

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Does Eating More Fat Lower Your Cholesterol?

Could eating way more fat consistently lower your cholesterol?

If you are interested in ambitious self testing, tons of fancy graphs and some surprise conclusions check out @DaveKeto‘s blog at CholesterolCode.com. Like this:


To summarize Dave’s findings it seems like even if an LCHF diet can result in higher average cholesterol values in the long term, the shorter-term effect is the opposite.

So, whenever Dave eats a higher amount of fat, his total and LDL cholesterol values go down during the next few days. And when he eats less fat his cholesterol goes up. The same thing happens for his sister.

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“My Doctor Was Astounded, Repeating “I Don’t Believe It!” Over and Over”

AutioPam had fought “a losing battle” against her weight for 30 years, and she was on medication for type 2 diabetes. Then she tried LCHF – and everything changed.

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Is High Cholesterol Dangerous on a Low-Carb Diet?

4.5 out of 5 stars5 star71%4 star13%3 star13%2 star0%1 star1%60 ratings5,427 viewsIs high cholesterol dangerous on a low-carb diet? For some people, the “bad” LDL cholesterol goes up, while other aspects improve (like the “good” HDL cholesterol). So, both good and bad changes at the same time.

What does that mean? How should situations like that be handled?

Here’s my interview with the fantastic Dr. Sarah Hallberg, from the recent Low Carb Vail conference. She can explain what’s known about this topic better than just about anyone.

About the interview

Table of contents:

  0:20  Cholesterol and low carb
  1:05  We know that triglycerides go down and HDL up
  2:20  LDL goes up for some people
  6:05  High LDL – statins for people with pre-existing heart disease
10:40  Intermittent fasting


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Are You Worried About Your Cholesterol on a Low-Carb Diet?

Are you worried about your cholesterol on a low-carb diet? The old idea that fat raises cholesterol, leading directly to heart disease, has been proven simply wrong.

Heart disease is a much more complicated process involving early damage to the lining of the arteries, and inflammation. In many ways a low-carb diet improves the risk factors for heart disease, like blood sugar, blood pressure and several components of the cholesterol profile.

If you want to learn more, here are our top 5 videos of people explaining how it all fits together:

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Bad Cholesterol “Helps You Live Longer”

No fear of cholesterol

The so-called bad cholesterol, LDL, may not be a cause for concern for older people. At least not if it’s high!

According to a new analysis of all earlier studies, people over 60 with high levels of LDL live longer and are not at higher risk of heart disease.

Aseem Malhotra, a top cardiologist, says: “The scientific evidence clearly reveals that we must stop fear-mongering when it comes to cholesterol and heart disease and focus instead on insulin resistance, the most important risk factor as a precursor to many chronic diseases.”

Listen to Dr. Malhotra commenting on this research:

The Times: Bad Cholesterol ‘Helps You Live Longer’

BMJ Open: Lack of an Association or an Inverse Association Between Low-Density- Lipoprotein Cholesterol and Mortality in the Elderly: a Systematic Review

So what does this all mean? It means for people over 60 it’s doubtful if there’s any cause to worry about higher LDL cholesterol. Statistically it may mean that the chance of living a long life is improved.

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Statins Leave Fit Pensioner Barely Able to Walk


Cholesterol-lowering medications come with side effects, and muscle pain is a common one. Here’s another story about the side effects that pharmaceutical companies attempt to downplay:

Express UK: Statins Leave Fit Pensioner Barely Able to Walk

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