Monthly Archives: January 2010

Lovaza vs fish oil supplements?

Lovaza is the FDA-approved form of fish oil that is available only by prescription. It contains 842 mg of the omega-3 fatty acids, EPA and DHA, per capsule. The FDA application for Lovaza is viewable here on the FDA website. … Continue reading

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More on blood sugar

Take any of the following foods: One chicken breastQuarter-pound ground beef6 oz salmon steak½ cup raw almonds3 eggs scrambled in olive oil How much is blood sugar increased by any item in the above list? If you said virtually zero, … Continue reading

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To get low-carb right, you need to check blood sugars

Reducing your carbohydrate exposure, particularly to wheat, cornstarch, and sucrose (table sugar), helps with weight loss; reduction of triglycerides, small LDL, and c-reactive protein; increases HDL; reduces blood pressure. There should be no remaining doubt on these effects. However, I … Continue reading

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Food sources of vitamin K2: Reprint

For some reason, my December, 2007, Heart Scan Blog post, Food sources of vitamin K2, has been receiving a lot of traffic. I therefore reprint the vitamin K2 post below. Vitamin K2 is emerging as an exciting player in the … Continue reading

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Family lessons

Lou was recovering from his 3rd bypass operation. This third go-round left him weaker, slower, less quick on the rebound. In fact, he was lucky to have survived. At 71 years old, Lou went a good 15 years since his … Continue reading

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Look like Jimmy Stewart

“This diet works great,” Don declared. “But I think I’ve lost too much weight.” At 67 years old and 5 ft. 11 inches, Don began the program weighing 228 lbs (BMI 31.9). Because of high triglycerides, high blood sugar, high … Continue reading

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Getting vitamin D right

Vitamin D is, without a doubt, the most incredible “vitamin”/prohormone/neurosteroid I have ever encountered. Frankly, I don’t know how we got anything accomplished in health pre-D. Unfortunately, people I meet rarely take their vitamin D in a way that accomplishes … Continue reading

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Jimmy Moore’s thyroid adventure

My friend, Jimmy Moore of Living La Vida Low Carb, describes his thyroid experience here. As Jimmy points out, he was looking for a way to jump-start a 50-lb weight loss. In my experience, low thyroid hormone levels (“hypothyroidism”) are … Continue reading

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What’s that in your mouth?

Fat = triglyceridesIn other words, eat fat, whether it’s saturated, hydrogenated, polyunsaturated, or monounsaturated, and blood levels of triglycerides will go up over the next 6 hours. This remains true if there are carbohydrates in the meal, or if there … Continue reading

Posted in Postprandial abnormalities | 17 Comments

De Novo Lipo-what?

Humans have limited capacity to store carbohydrates. Beyond the glucose and glycogen in our blood and tissues, we have relatively little carbohydrate to draw from in time of energy need. That’s why long-distance runners and triathletes have to carry sugar … Continue reading

Posted in Postprandial abnormalities, Triglycerides | 16 Comments