HDL cholesterol

  1. Omega 7 shines in the spotlight

    The omega you're missing

    If I had a quarter for every time the talking head TV docs managed to get it right, I'd have enough money to buy a cup of coffee (and a small one at that).

    Yeah, it doesn't happen very often, so mark this week on your calendar -- because the latest buzz is that a major daytime health show may soon be letting their audience in on a powerful fatty acid that could hold the key to insulin sensitivity and maybe even prevent diabetes.

    It's called omega 7, and I'm sure this will seem like cutting-edge stuff to this TV doc's audience... and I guess in a sense it is.

    But if you're a longtime reader of the Daily Dose, this won't be news to you. I've been telling you about omega 7 for ages now, including two studies that show how this stuff just might help you to improve your insulin sensitivity, get blood sugar under control and even AVOID diabetes.

    One finds that palmitoleic acid (a form of omega 7) significantly decreases glucose levels in mice. The other, which comes to us from the prestigious Cleveland Clinic, finds omega 7 can boost levels of HDL ("good") cholesterol and improve artery health in mice.

    Yes, these are mice and not people. And yes, we need human trials before we can say beyond all doubt that omega 7 will have the same disease-beating effect in humans. But the early word is promising enough for me -- and, apparently, it may turn out to be promising enough for one popular TV doc to share with his audience, too.

    Of course, once omega 7's start getting national coverage the supply of this powerful fatty acid is likely to run short. So you might want to grab a few bottles for yourself before they become scarce.

    But allow me to let you in on a secret -- one that might not filter down to the general public, and that's the fact that not all omega 7s are created equal.

    Some of the stuff on the market is derived from plant oils, and contains a natural but VERY unhealthy form of saturated fat. Saturated fats from seafood (and meat, for that matter) are safe and healthy -- so look for a source of omega 7 that comes from fish instead.

  2. Bill Clinton's deadly new outlook

    Former president goes vegan

    So Burger Bill has become an herbivore. Good luck with that, Mr. President.

    After a series of heart scares over the years, formerly tubby former president Bill Clinton now says he's pledging allegiance to a strict vegan diet.

    Actually, he says he is a vegan -- but, like another situation I can think of, it depends on what your definition of "is" is... because when he first began boasting of his emerging "vegetarianism" last year, he admitted to still eating fish.

    It's nice to see his relationship with honesty remains intact.

    In reality, the heart problems that led to a quadruple bypass back in 2004 and a number of cardiovascular scares since weren't caused by meat -- they were caused by all the other crap President JFK (Junk Food Kid) was known for inhaling.

    This is the same man who used to stop at McDonald's while jogging through Little Rock -- a habit that got him lampooned on "Saturday Night Live" -- and the same man who made sure Twinkies were included in the National Millennium Time Capsule.

    But in recent years, Clinton has impeached the snacks and lost plenty of weight -- first by going on a modified version of the low-carb diet, and now by giving up meats altogether.

    Well, except for maybe fish.

    And if he manages to (mostly) stick to his newfound vegan faith, those cheating moments with seafood might be the only things that keep him alive -- because as I've told you before, this isn't a healthy lifestyle.

    It's a diet of death.

    Vegans miss out on some of the most essential nutrients the human body needs, including omega 3 fatty acids, crucial B vitamins, zinc and iron. They also have higher levels of the dangerous inflammation marker homocysteine and lower levels of HDL cholesterol -- the stuff even the mainstream calls "good."

    One study earlier this year confirmed that it quickly adds up to a risk of hardened arteries and blood clots. That means folks like Bill Clinton who make the switch face a HIGHER risk of keeling over from a heart attack or stroke -- not a lower one.

    If that's not bad enough, a vegan diet can also make you moody and irritable -- but Bill doesn't need a diet to do that to him.

    I suspect being married to Hillary has the same effect.

  3. Booze is good for the heart

    Canadian researchers say booze not only lowers the risk of heart disease and prevents death -- but their analysis of 63 studies finds it can also raise HDL levels in ways Big Pharma can only dream about.
  4. Vegan diet ups heart risk

    The analysis of dozens of studies published over the past 30 years found that vegans miss out on iron, zinc, vitamin B12 and omega-3 fatty acids.
  5. Is your TV killing you?

    It might seem drastic, but according to a new study, people who watch the most TV die the soonest. If that's not reason enough to trash the thing, I don't know what is!
  6. Mainstream docs sing the praises of dietary fat

    Many of the low-fat and no-fat diets popular today have resulted in a drop in cholesterol… but the problem is, it's been the good kind of cholesterol that's fallen.

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