DreamStalker wrote:Just another marketing scam. Big pharma drug patents on statins are expiring and they need another cash cow class of drugs to milk the fake war on "cholesterol causes heart disease" meme.
Yeah, that's what I'm thinking. $14000 to prevent a subsequent heart attack in 1 out of 100 seems a bit much. Especially since there doesn't seem to be any reduction in mortality or other cardiovascular complications requiring care. Besides, I can't believe that lowering LDL into the 30's won't be without serious side effects in many, though the authors of the study said not.
Thanks for the update on the potatoes. I kind of gave up on the RS thing. I've gone back to just eating "whole" foods, with some exceptions, of course. I avoid all refined carbs as much as possible and I rarely eat "high starch" vegetables such, as potatoes. Oatmeal is out. I don't try to eat "low carb", but I suppose I do - compared to the average American - and I'm not afraid of fats.
I was concerned that my A1C was rising, my fasting glucose was over 100 and my triglycerides were over 150. Now, by watching my diet and exercising for 9 months or so, my AIC has held at 5.6, my fasting glucose is 80-90, and my TG's have come down to below 80.
One thing that I have been careful about in the last few months is to avoid artificial sweeteners. In the past, even though I "knew" artificial sweeteners probably were not good, I would put a teaspoon of Splenda in my coffee without thinking too much about it. Now, If I have to have something sweet, I use honey. I wouldn't be surprised if the Splenda caused my fasting blood sugar to be high. I consider honey only marginally better than sugar and both should be avoided, but either is probably better than Splenda.
And speaking of Splenda, there may not be any connection, but since I've avoided Splenda, I have increased my sleep time by over 30 minutes. In reviewing my sleep history, I noticed a time in the past when I went without Splenda for some time and my sleep increased during that time, too. Like I said, could be coincidence, but...
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