Latest by William Davis, M.D.

Carbohydrates and Cholesterol

What do carbohydrates have to do with cholesterol? Most people believe that carbohydrates and cholesterol are completely unrelated. After all, don’t fats like saturated fat increase cholesterol levels? What do carbohydrates have to do with it? There’...

Do Carbohydrates Make You Age Faster?

Like miles on an automobile, Advanced Glycation End-products, or AGEs, accumulate in our bodies over the years of our lives. AGEs are part of aging. They are also part of human disease. AGEs result when glucose (as the glucose in table sugar, or sucr...

Your Small LDL Action Plan

What should you do if you suspect that you have small LDL particles (the number one cause for heart disease in the U.S.)? Perhaps you have one or more of the telltale features (see Who’s got small LDL) that commonly signal small LDL. Maybe your docto...

Do You Have Small LDL?

Small LDL particles have skyrocketed to occupy number place as the most common cause for heart disease in the U.S. Small LDL particles are different than large particles: Small LDL particles cling to the walls of arteries more than large; they hang a...

Oatmeal: Heart healthy. . . or Not?

You’ve heard the message: Oatmeal reduces cholesterol. You’ll find the message on oatmeal containers, oat-containing breakfast cereals, and anything else made with oats or oatmeal. This is because oatmeal producers and food manufacturers have obtaine...

The Hidden Sources of Sugar

Anyone who checks blood sugars after meals (“postprandial”) already knows that there are hidden sources of sugar in many common foods. You hopefully already know that foods like breakfast cereals, breads, bagels, pretzels, and crackers cause blood su...

Frequent Coffee Consumption May Reduce Likelihood of Developing Heart Disease, Diabetes

Over the years, coffee has been much maligned as an indulgence, a trigger of blood pressure and brown teeth, a diuretic that works against good hydration. Some studies from the 1980s even suggested increased risk for heart attack. Coffee has been cla...

Glucose Toxicity and Its Effects on Your Heart

There is an epidemic of pre-diabetes and diabetes in the United States. Fifty years ago, diabetes was a relatively uncommon disease. Today, the latest estimates are that 50% of Americans are now diabetic or pre-diabetic. There are some obvious reason...

It's All About the Carbohydrates

Here’s a common cholesterol scenario: Total cholesterol 221 mg/dl LDL cholesterol 150 mg/dl HDL cholesterol 45 mg/dl Triglycerides 130 mg/dl Millions of Americans have cholesterol values in this range. Next step: Reduce fat, increase grains like whol...

How Bill Clinton Can Reverse His Heart Disease

Dear Mr. Clinton, I’m sorry to hear that you needed to undergo another heart procedure just six years after undergoing a bypass operation. I’ve heard that your doctors successfully implanted stents into one of your heart’s arteries to make up for a b...