By Jeff Rosenblum, Oct 15, After some frightening lab results, Jeff Rosenblum became determined to lower his cholesterol by exercising daily and eating right. Growing up, I witnessed the adverse and tragic effects that heart diseases and diabetes drugs had on my parents and grandparents. When I was 38, lab results revealed that my cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood-sugar levels were getting high. Because of this and my family history, my doctors said that it was only a matter of time before I would need to begin taking medications to address these concerns. Needless to say, that was the last thing I wanted for myself. A Jarring Realization I decided to really focus on getting enough physical activity—I had just gotten certified as an American Council on Exercise personal trainer—as well as eating the food that I thought was healthy and had been eating my whole life: beef, chicken, pork, fish, and dairy.
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Ever since the observation in the s that high-density lipoprotein HDL cholesterol was inversely correlated with coronary artery disease, there have been confounding data that have not been reconciled. Studies comparing populations, rather than assessing intra-population data, show that higher HDL cholesterol levels are found in countries where vascular disease is more prevalent. Populations that stick to a vegetarian diet have lower HDL cholesterol levels than those that consume meat and butterfat. It is well-established that switching to a more heart-healthy diet reduces low-density lipoprotein LDL cholesterol levels and is often associated with HDL cholesterol reduction. This is sometimes an issue of great consternation for our patients, especially those with low HDL cholesterol levels or those who have read the latest article on HDL cholesterol in the popular press. In such cases, we offer reassurance that low HDL cholesterol in the setting of very low LDL cholesterol does not matter or, at the very least, is less important. Otherwise, why not encourage them to eat fatty foods to raise their HDL cholesterol levels? In their study, deGoma and colleagues inadvertently supplied much needed data on this topic.