Category Archives: Insulin resistance

Low-carb is heart healthy

Anybody following the discussions in these pages know that: Limiting carbohydrate intake reduces risk for coronary heart disease and heart attack. First of all, why do conventional diets advocate restricting saturated and total fat? From the standpoint of surrogate markers … Continue reading

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Good fat, bad fat

No, this is not a discussion of monounsaturated versus hydroxgenated fat. This is about the relatively benign fat that accumulates on your hips, rear end, or arms–the “good”–versus the deep visceral fat that encircles your intestines, kidneys, liver, pancreas, and … Continue reading

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Butter and insulin

In a previous post, Atkins Diet: Common Errors, I commented on butter’s unusual ability to provoke insulin responses. I offer this as a possible reason why, after a period of effective weight loss on a low-carbohydrate program, inclusion of some … Continue reading

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If you take niacin, you must exercise

We use a lot of niacin in the Track Your Plaque program. Niacin: –Increases HDL and shifts HDL towards the large, protective fraction –Reduces small LDL–In fact, niacin is the best treatment we have to reduce small LDL after wheat … Continue reading

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