Does cholesterol cause heart disease?

Briefly, the cholesterol hypothesis proposes that by getting into arterial walls and causing atherosclerosis (plaque buildup in arteries), cholesterol increases the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and cerebrovascular disease (strokes). However, according to a perhaps unlikely source – the American Heart Association: “Exactly how atherosclerosis starts or what causes it isn’t known.” That’s an admission

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Red Meat: Our carnivorous evolution

Meat, particularly red meat and its fat, is getting bad press, and the health police continue to attack it. Increasingly, plantarian-style diets are encouraged. We don’t hear about ‘meat and veg’ anymore (in my day that was healthy eating), we hear about ‘fruit and veg’ instead. The health, environmental and ideological accusations being levelled at

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Some tips for a ketogenic diet

I have written much about the ketogenic diet (KD), the state of ketosis, and its underlying science and clinical relevance. The ‘politics‘ of dietary advice too. However, I am aware that I have offered minimal practical advice. I have outsourced that to other sites, particularly for recipes and meal-plans. I have listed some at the

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The carbohydrate-insulin model of obesity

There is likely more than one reason for gaining weight across a population. This post is directed at those who follow western dietary guidelines (high-carbohydrate; low-fat) and who are nevertheless overweight, obese or diabetic. This is a significant (and increasing) proportion of the population. In particular, those who have not had success with ‘dieting’, but still

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