Friday, July 17, 2015

Taking statins or not: Dueling perspectives

I've written a lot of posts on here about the issue of diabetes, cholesterol, and taking statins.  I suppose it's a pet topic of mine.  So when I saw these two articles almost back to back (they were published a couple years apart, but I only just saw both of them the other day) I had to blog about it.

April 3, 2013: Side Effects Prompt Patients To Stop Cholesterol Drugs

July 15, 2015: When To Start Taking A Cholesterol Pill? The Decision Is Yours

The two articles provide two contrasting points of view.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Dieting for diabetics

There was an interesting interview on NPR a little while back, about why diets don't work.  I found this story compelling because the world, or at least my little part in it, seems obsessed right now with dieting.  I'm getting pretty sick of reading status update after status update on Facebook about dieting, exercise, and everyone's weight obsession -- usually promoting some sort of product or pyramid scheme, of course.

And I can't help but notice how no one seems to be losing weight.  Seriously.  I watch everyone I know struggle with this day in and day out, obsessively restricting calories and foods and just as obsessively working out, and no one loses any weight.  I don't think that's a coincidence.

So I was extremely interested in what Traci Mann had to say about why diets don't work:

Friday, July 3, 2015

The debate on low fat

Low-fat foods may not be the ticket to health that we've been told they are.

New reports are starting to show that low-fat is not any healthier, and may actually be contributing to more weight gain.

Farewell, Low-Fat: Why Scientists Applaud Lifting A Ban On Fat