Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Cholesterol and memory

Some bad news if your cholesterol "normalises" on a LC diet. Before you contemplate avoiding old age, just consider that these people were on the SAD diet and high TC might not be needed if you eat LC/HF. Or perhaps your TC might rise with age the way mine seems to. Whichever, this was only a cross sectional study. The full text says very little the abstract doesn't. My favourite line from the abstract:

"In contrast to our expectations, high total cholesterol and high LDL cholesterol were associated with higher memory scores for noncarriers of the APOE4 allele" [Comment: that's most of us]

APOE4 is a bad news lipoprotein subtype gene for Alzheimers disease, you could say it fails to stop your brain rotting under the onslaught of the sugar content of the SAD.

Now if I could just remember where I left my kayak...



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Anonymous said...

All I infer from studies like these is that high cholesterol is healthy if you eat SAD. Here's a study that shows a diet of moslty beef fat and no grains, milk, or sugar caused TC to drop from 263 to 189 at the same time the trigs went from 113 to 74, and HDL rose from 21 to 32. So, the idea that animal fat causes disease is nonsense. Get rid of the refined sugar, corn syrup, flours, and milk sugars (esp pasteurized), and those problems may all go away.

Hermione said...

You might be interested to see this debate sponsored by Unilever, in which Dr Briffa took part.

I hope the link comes out ok