CategoryCholesterol

Best predictor of heart disease

Most doctors will look at a blood test and focus on the “Total Cholesterol” number as a potential risk factor for heart disease. But a Harvard study shows that the more important numbers on your lipid profile are Triglycerides and HDL — specifically, the ratio of Trigs to HDL. Ideally, you want this ratio to be 2 or lower. Anything under 3.5 is considered good, however.

For example, if your Triglycerides are 100 and your HDL is 50, simply divide 100/50 for a ratio of 2. This is where you want to be.

The Harvard study linked above showed that those with the highest ratio of Triglycerides to HDL had 16 times the risk of heart attack as those with the lower ratio. A diet high in carbohydrate is known to elevate triglycerides.

Lipitor

Lipitor is a cholesterol-lowering drug in the family of pharmaceuticals known as statins. Statin drugs are grossly over-prescribed, provide marginal benefit for a small subset of patients, and come with serious side effects.

Here is a screen shot from a Lipitor ad, note the last sentence:

LIPITOR has not been shown to prevent heart disease or heart attacks.

Lipitor

No doubt Pfizer’s lawyers required the marketing team to disclose the uncomfortable truth about Lipitor: it does not do what people think it does. They have spent millions in development and marketing of this drug and still have to post this disclaimer. So why would anyone risk the side effects?

Here is another screen shot I took today from the Lipitor website. Sounds lovely.

Lipitor