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September 28, 2007

Rethinking Diabetes and Cholesterol

By Worker Bee

Two new studies add an interesting dimension to our dietary debates!

1. Omega 3’s Fight Diabetes

Reinforcing the ongoing evidence that diabetes is an unnecessary epidemic borne of misguided dietary guidelines, a new study shows that simply eating “smart fats” can help reduce the risk of diabetes. But there’s a twist: we’re not talking about type 2. The study shows that children who eat a diet rich in Omega-3 fatty acids are less likely to develop type 1 diabetes – even with a family history of the disease. The epidemic of type 2 already has an established link to diet. JAMA reports; scientists participating in the study say the implications are big. Might early dietary interventions prevent both types of diabetes?

2. LDL or HDL?

LDL – bad cholesterol – has long dominated the focus of heart disease research and treatment. (Hello, statins!) But a new study finds that HDL – good cholesterol – may be more important in preventing cardiovascular events. HDL protects the heart and “mops up” bad cholesterol, and it may be more effective to concentrate on raising good cholesterol than lowering bad cholesterol. The standard treatment theory has held that reducing LDL would render concerns about HDL unnecessary (meaning as long as one were taking statins, there’d be no need to worry about boosting the good cholesterol). Lo and behold, it appears the opposite may be true. Even when LDL is successfully reduced, the impact of a high or low HDL level had much greater significance. However, efforts to develop HDL-raising drugs have met with failure (talk about digging a hole to put in a ladder to wash the basement windows). The solution, say the experts? Wouldn’t you know: staying trim and exercising!

Bottom line: dietary interventions with healthful fats from wild salmon, olive oil, nuts, flax, seeds, soybeans, and grass-fed meats are a smart defense against disease for children and adults alike.

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9 years 10 months ago

If we only ate smart fats, the risk of all diseases would probably decrease.

I had a blood test this summer…or 21. My HDLs and LDLs and triglygerides are perfect. This is odd, it should be high to scary (still hypo.).
More fat the merrier, I say.

9 years 10 months ago

I hear you, Crystal. I eat a lot of fat and have great numbers…can’t say I don’t enjoy razzing my doctor a bit 😉

9 years 10 months ago

However, efforts to develop HDL-raising drugs have met with failure (talk about digging a hole to put in a ladder to wash the basement windows).

We already have a 100% proven drug to raise HDL cholesterol.

It’s called saturated fat.

9 years 10 months ago

Actually, I Was On The Phone This Morning With My Dad About Cholesterol. He WILL Be 73 This Month Of October And Eating Good Fats Has Kept Him In Good Health, His Dr. Even Agrees!

5 years 4 months ago

Where is the link for the first study?

2 years 9 months ago

I would not recommend eating soy beans

2 years 8 months ago

Omega 3-6-9 is the word! Solved a lot off physical and menat problems I have had.