Arthritis is no small matter.
One in seven Americans, or 47 million people, have been diagnosed by their doctors with the most common form of arthritis, osteoarthritis, the familiar form of arthritis that leaves the knees, hips, and other joints painful.
What starts as mild joint pain and stiffness, progresses to more and more... Read more
From time to time, you've likely heard someone say-or said yourself-that some tasty food is "addictive." Perhaps it was rocky road ice cream, or spicy taco chips, or fried onion rings. Of course, you didn't literally mean addictive. You may have overconsumed now and then, but you are not likely to make a habit out of overconsumption, nor knock... Read more
If I want to know how much oil is in the engine of my car, I pull out the dipstick and take a look. It may register "full" or "add," telling me whether there's enough oil in the engine, or whether it's low and more needs to be added.
That's kind of what cholesterol does. Cholesterol serves as a "dipstick" to tell you what kinds of... Read more
Triglycerides and small LDL particles, small LDL and triglycerides: Like the Odd Couple, Oscar Madison and Felix Ungar, they come together in an uncomfortable situation.
Why would such an odd couple exist in the body? And why does it matter?
It all starts with triglycerides.
Consume any carbohydrate-candy, cookies, whole grain... Read more
Question from a reader: "My doctor finally performed the advanced lipoprotein analysis I had been asking for. He said that I have something called LDL pattern B. He said that there's no drug treatment for it. In fact, I don't think he knew what to do. What does ‘LDL pattern B' mean and what can I do about it?"
First of all,... Read more