Category Archives: Small LDL

Diet is superior to drugs

Might-o’chondri-AL left this wonderful record of his lipoprotein experience in the comments to the last Heart Scan Blog post. It is a great example of what is achievable with diet and a few supplements . . . without drugs. (A) … Continue reading

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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

Posted in HbA1c, HDL, Inflammation, Insulin resistance, Low-carb diets, Small LDL, Triglycerides | 88 Comments

“Friday is my bad day”

At the start, Ted had a ton of small LDL particles. His starting (NMR) lipoprotien values: LDL particle number: 2644 nmol/L Small LDL: 2301 nmol/L In other words, approximately 85% of all LDL particles were abnormally small. I showed Ted how … Continue reading

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Small LDL particles and increased HbA1c–An evil duo

Small LDL particles are triggered by consumption of carbohydrates. Eat more “healthy whole grains,” for instance, and small LDL particles skyrocket. Increased hemoglobin A1c, HbA1c, a reflection of the last 60-90 days’ blood sugars, is likewise a reflection of carbohydrate … Continue reading

Posted in Glycation, HbA1c, Small LDL | 53 Comments

Unforgiving small LDL particles

Small LDL particles are triggered by carbohydrates in the diet: Eat carbohydrates, small LDL particles go up. Cut carbohydrates, small LDL particles go down. A typical scenario would be someone starts with, say, 2000 nmol/L small LDL (by NMR) because they’ve been drinking … Continue reading

Posted in Carbohydrates, Small LDL | 39 Comments

Why small LDL particles are the #1 cause of heart disease in the US

Ask your doctor: What is the #1 cause of heart disease in the US? Let’s put aside smoking, since it is an eminently modifiable risk and none of those crazies read this blog anyway. What will your doctor say? Most … Continue reading

Posted in Carbohydrates, Heart disease, Low-carb diets, Small LDL | 77 Comments

Interview with Jimmy Moore of Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb

Here’s my podcast interview with Jimmy Moore, host of the Livin’ La Vida Low-Carb Show. (If you want to fast forward to the interview, go to time marker 41:20 on the slidebar.) In the podcast, I talk about how the … Continue reading

Posted in Jimmy Moore, Small LDL, Wheat, Wheat belly, Wheat-free | 11 Comments

More lipoproteins zero!

A few posts back, I talked about how more people are showing us zero lipoprotein(a) and zero small LDL. That was about 4 weeks ago. By then, I had seen 3 people with zero values on both. Well, it’s now … Continue reading

Posted in Lipoprotein(a), Lipoproteins, Small LDL | 18 Comments

Diet: One size does NOT fit all

Heart Scan Blog reader, Frustrated, posted this comment: Dr. Davis, I have spent the last 5 months eating a diet that completely eliminated all wheat products. It was very low carb, and consisted of relatively high protein (eggs, grass fed … Continue reading

Posted in Apoprotein E, Lipoproteins, Low-carb diets, Small LDL | 33 Comments

Carb counting

In the recent Heart Scan Blog post, Can I eat quinoa, I discussed how non-wheat carbohydrate sources like quinoa, amaranth, black beans, brown rice, fruit, etc. do not exert the inflammation-provoking, appetite-increasing effects of wheat (since gliadin and gluten are … Continue reading

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