Sep. 16th, 2010 01:03 am
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Concerned about high cholesterol? Don't look to lowering saturated fat. Look to lowering sugar.

This info has been "crossing my desk" in various forms for a while now, but I note it has not hit the media extensively.

I was looking some things up tonight because the amount of milkfat in my diet has gone up lately, and it reminded me to share this for the benefit of folks who have not encountered this information...

"There's a subgroup of people at high risk of heart disease who may respond well to diets low in fat," says Dr. Krauss. "But the majority of healthy people seem to derive very little benefit from these low-fat diets, in terms of heart-disease risk factors, unless they also lose weight and exercise. And if a low-fat diet is also loaded with carbs, it can actually result in adverse changes in blood lipids."

While Dr. Krauss is much published and highly respected -- he has served twice as chairman of the writing committee of the AHA's dietary guidelines -- the far-reaching implications of his work have not been generally acknowledged. "Academic scientists believe saturated fat is bad for you," says Penny Kris-Etherton, Ph.D., a distinguished professor of nutritional studies at Penn State University, citing as evidence the "many studies" she believes show it to be true. But not everyone accepts those studies, and their proponents find it hard to be heard. Kris-Etherton acknowledges that "there's a good deal of reluctance toward accepting evidence suggesting the contrary."

(This article is from Men's Health magazine, but it actually does a fairly balanced review of research covering both men and women.)
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While looking for information on bupropion -- which I'm trying to get ahold of because it's a dopamine reuptake inhibitor, which may just be exactly what my freaky brain chemistry has been requesting for years -- I found this wonderful site. Profiles of various psych meds with geeky comments on exactly what they do. Warnings against cyberchondria. Wisecracking and personal anecdotes combined with scientific information. Anyone who takes a brain med, look it up here. It's awesome and written by people who really know what they're talking about.


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