Monday, February 22, 2010

A New "Spin" on Bad Cholesterol

A year ago today I changed the way I eat. Having done quite a bit of research, I adopted a low-carb eating lifestyle. That's not to say I don't eat some bread here and there or some pasta or a few spuds. Being an ultramarathoner one has to maintain their glycogen levels, and failing to do so is just shooting yourself in the foot.

Anyway, I digress a bit....

One of the most fascinating and relevant topics I've researched the past year is that regarding blood cholesterol - how it's produced, affected by diet, measured, and calculated. With a father and father-in-law who both have had heart surgery, as well as a close friend who this past year was prescribed blood statins for high cholesterol, understanding the whole cholesterol phenomena has been important to me and eye-opening. Here's a link to a recent article that I found at Richard's blog, "Free the Animal", (see Good Reading on the Blogosphere links) titled 'Bad cholesterol': It's not what you think. It covers new technology used to analyze LDL (bad) cholesterol and is helping pinpoint the what causes heart disease. Good stuff!

Enjoy and feel free to comment.

4 comments:

Kel said...

You might find some of the stuff by Nutritional Weight & Wellness interesting too. They just had a segment about cholesterol on their weekly radio show this past weekend - you can listen to their podcasts here:

http://www.weightandwellness.com/dun_radio.html

Steve said...

Thanks for the link, Kel!

Londell said...

Thanks for the info... I tried low carbs diet and I was so sluggish and went back to a 40 c / 25 f / and 35 P mix and felt better. I love my Sweet potatoes, peas and squash...

Mike said...

Steve - Thanks for posting the link. Looks like a good article and thanks Kel for another good podcast to listen to.