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Beware of Elevated Lp(a) Cholesterol Levels

For years, I have been advising my patients and readers to monitor a dangerous, small, dense, highly inflammatory cholesterol particle known as Lipoprotein A, or Lp(a). An elevated Lp(a) cholesterol level in the bloodstream increases the “stickiness” of blood, and contributes dramatically to the…

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Much of What Passes for High Cholesterol Is Harmless

…pattern of dense, small cholesterol particles, which are the most highly inflammatory and dangerous cholesterol particles. Ideally, your cholesterol particles should be predominantly large and “fluffy.” In fact, dense HDL particles can be more harmful than light LDL particles. That's far more important…

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The Cholesterol Numbers Doctors Should Measure

…Meanwhile, HDL-3 particles are small, dense and not as protective as HDL-2. You want more HDL-2 particles than HDL-3. * Not all LDL cholesterol is “bad.” As with HDL cholesterol, there are several subtypes of LDL cholesterol. You can have high LDL cholesterol numbers, but if it’s mostly LDL-A—which…

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The Top 5 Heart Health Risk Factors You Want to Watch in 2016

…to be tested. If your Lp(a) level is elevated, here’s how to lower it. Although there are other risk factors for the heart—such as small particle oxidized LDL cholesterol, high homocysteine, high triglycerides, elevated C-reactive protein, and more—in my opinion these are the top five dangers…

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“Too Much Margarine Could Kill You”—Quite Literally

…that saturated fats are the “good guys”—helping to raise helpful HDL cholesterol, and converting harmful small particle LDL into lesser inflammatory fluffier and larger LDL particles. What’s Ironic Is That Trans Fats Were Originally Developed to Be More “Heart-Healthy” For years, saturated…

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Foods High in Saturated Fat Aren’t the Enemy

…marker of cardiovascular health. Foods high in saturated fat also help to change your LDL cholesterol pattern, from small dense particles that can clog your arteries to large “fluffy” harmless LDL particles. Plus, a recent study at Harvard University concluded that, “greater saturated fat intake…

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The 10 Most Common Heart Health Fallacies

…can be eaten quite frequently, up to six a week. Plus, foods high in saturated fat are beneficial for LDL cholesterol, helping to change your cholesterol pattern from small, dense, harmful particles into large, fluffy, harmless ones. Plus, saturated fats raise "good" HDL cholesterol. 8. We are born meat…

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