Cholesterol Clarity: What The HDL Is Wrong With My Numbers?

Cholesterol Clarity: What The HDL Is Wrong With My Numbers?

by Jimmy Moore, Eric C. Westman

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Are you confused by what your cholesterol levels really say about your health?

Don't you wish someone could just spell it out in simple, easy-to-understand language and tell you what, if anything, you need to do about your cholesterol? Good news! That's precisely what Cholesterol Clarity is designed to do. Jimmy Moore, a prominent and highly respected health blogger and podcaster, has teamed up with Dr. Eric Westman, a practicing internist and nutrition researcher, to bring you one of the most unique books you'll ever read on this subject, featuring exclusive interviews with twenty-nine of the world's top experts from various fields to give you the complete lowdown on cholesterol. If you're worried about any confusing medical jargon in this book, don't be—this critical information is broken down for you to grasp what is really important and what is not.

You won't find this kind of comprehensive, cutting-edge, expert-driven cholesterol information all in one place anywhere else. Has your doctor told you your total and/or LDL cholesterol is too high and thus requires you to take immediate action to lower it? Has the solution to your "high cholesterol" been to cut down on your saturated fat intake, eat more "healthy" whole grains and vegetable oils, and possibly even take a prescription medication like a statin to lower it to "desirable" levels? If so, then this is the book for you. Learn what the real deal is from some of the leading experts on the subject. Not only will Cholesterol Clarity tell you what your cholesterol tests—LDL, HDL, triglycerides, and other key cholesterol markers—really mean, but it will also arm you with nutritional guidance that will lead you to optimal health. Are you ready to find out what the HDL is wrong with your numbers?

Within the pages of this book you'll learn invaluable lessons, including:

  • -Why your LDL-C and total cholesterol numbers may not be as important in determining your health as your doctor may think
  • -The undeniable negative role that chronic inflammation plays in your health
  • -Why cholesterol-lowering statin drugs don't necessarily solve your heart health concerns
  • -Why your doctor should be testing for LDL particles and particle size when measuring cholesterol
  • -Why HDL and triglycerides are far more predictive of health concerns than LDL-C and total cholesterol
  • -Why consuming foods with saturated fat is good for you, and why carbohydrate-based foods can be detrimental to attaining the best cholesterol numbers
  • -Why a growing number of physicians, researchers, and nutritionists believe treating cholesterol numbers is virtually irrelevant

Contributing Experts Include:
Cassie Bjork, RD
Philip Blair, MD
Jonny Bowden, PhD
John Briffa, BSc, MB, BS
Dominic D'Agostino, PhD
William Davis, MD
Thomas Dayspring, MD
David Diamond, PhD
Ron Ehrlich, BDS, FACNEM
Jeffry N. Gerber, MD
David Gillespie
Duane Graveline, MD
Paul Jaminet, PhD
Malcolm Kendrick, MD
Ronald Krauss, MD
Fred Kummerow, PhD
Dwight C. Lundell, MD
Robert Lustig, MD
Chris Masterjohn, PhD
Donald Miller, MD
Rakesh "Rocky" Patel, MD
Fred Pescatore, MD
Uffe Ravnskov, MD, PhD
Stephanie Seneff, PhD
Cate Shanahan, MD
Ken Sikaris, BSc, MBBS, FRCPA, FAACB, FFSc
Patty Siri-Tarino, PhD
Mark Sisson
Gary Taubes

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781936608386
Publisher: Victory Belt Publishing
Publication date: 08/27/2013
Edition description: Hardcover with Jacket
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 254,376
Product dimensions: 6.44(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Jimmy Moore catapulted onto the health scene in 2004 after a phenomenal 180-pound weight loss success enabled him to come off of prescription drugs for high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and respiratory problems. He is the energetic personality behind the uber-popular Livin' La Vida Low-Carb blog and host of one of the top-ranked iTunes health podcasts, The Livin' La Vida Low-Carb Show. He has interviewed well over 700 of the world's top health experts and dedicated his life to helping people get the best information possible so they can make the right decisions about their health. He lives with his wife, Christine, in Spartanburg, South Carolina, where they can often be found playing Frisbee golf in their front yard. Learn more about Jimmy and his work at:

Eric C. Westman, MD, MHS is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Duke Health Enterprise and Director of the Duke Lifestyle Medicine Clinic in Durham, North Carolina. He is an internist who combines clinical research and clinical care regarding lifestyle treatments for obesity, diabetes, and tobacco dependence. He is currently President-Elect of the American Society of Bariatric Physicians and a Fellow of the Obesity Society and the Society of General Internal Medicine. He is coeditor of Obesity: Evaluation and Treatment Essentials and coauthor of The New Atkins for a New You. When he is not working in the clinic, he enjoys taking ballroom dancing classes.

Table of Contents

How to Use This Book 6

Introduction 7

Let's Meet Your Cholesterol Experts 14

Chapter 1 What Is Cholesterol and Why Do You Need It? 29

Chapter 2 Forget Cholesterol-It's the Inflammation 37

Chapter 3 What Do Major Health Groups Say about Cholesterol? 41

Chapter 4 Doctors Are Questioning the Anticholesterol Message 48

Chapter 5 Statin Drugs: Magic Pill or Marketed Poison? 55

Chapter 6 What Does Heart Healthy Really Mean? 72

Chapter 7 Why Low Fat Ain't All That 80

Chapter 8 Carbs and Vegetable Oils: The Twin Villains 87

Chapter 9 What's This LDL Particle Thing? 97

Chapter 10 Forgotten and Ignored: Triglycerides and HDL 104

Chapter 11 The Experts Weigh In on Key Heart-Health Markers 113

Chapter 12 Why Are So Many Doctors Clueless about Cholesterol? 122

Chapter 13 What Do You Mean My Cholesterol Is Too Low? 134

Chapter 14 Nine Reasons Why Cholesterol Levels Can Go Up 141

Chapter 15 I'm Still Worried about My High Cholesterol! 160

Chapter 16 But Aren't the Cholesterol Guidelines Based on Solid Science? 170

Chapter 17 The Low-Fat, Vegetarian Myth 176

Chapter 18 How Your Doctor (Mis)Interprets Your Cholesterol Test Results 184

Chapter 19 What Your Basic Cholesterol Test Results Mean 194

Chapter 20 Eight Advanced Health Markers You Should Consider 203

Chapter 21 Test Your Ability to Read Cholesterol Test Results 220

Epilogue: Now That You've Been Enlightened, What Happens Next? 232

Additional Resources: Jimmy Moore's Cholesterol Test Results from 2008 to 2013 235

Cholesterol Conversion Chart mg/dL to mmol/L 236

Triglyceride Conversion Chart mg/dL to mmol/L 238

Pounds to Kilograms 239

Cholesterol Clarity Testing Guide with Optimal Ranges 240

Recommended Resources 242

Glossary 245

Index 252

Acknowledgments 256

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Cholesterol Clarity: What The HDL Is Wrong With My Numbers? 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a must read if you are on the journey to better health, explaining the cholesterol mystery in a language everyone can understand. It's not just about the three numbers (LDL, HDL, Total). There are more important indicators such as inflammation and the actual size of the cholesterol molecules. I am more informed and better able to discuss my test results with my doctor and make better decisions.
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Lipidking More than 1 year ago
I am a Board Certified Internist and have passed the Lipidology Boards of the National Lipid association. I think this book is important because it gets half of it right. Kudos for promoting LDL-P, CAC and CIMT. Jimmie has not yet gotten a CIMT. He also did not publish his HDL-P of 30.7. As he writes, it is about the particles not the cholesterol. His high HDL-C is meaningless as he has a small amount of HDL particles loaded with cholesterol. This has no bearing on the functionality of his HDL-P. ref. below: " It has also been demonstrated that small, dense, spherical HDL particles are more effective in mediating the antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiapoptotic, and anti-infective properties of HDL." "Importantly, the cholesterol content itself of HDL particles is not atheroprotective. Thus, HDL-C should not be considered a surrogate marker of HDL functionality." "Unlike LDL cholesterol, HDL-C appears not to be associated with varying levels of cardiovascular risk nor to have a causal role in the atherosclerotic disease process." "In the current issue of Circulation, Mora et al14 present further data highlighting the potential clinical distinction between cholesterol- and particle-based measures of HDL. In an analysis of 10886 patients from the JUPITER study (Justification for the Use of Statins in Primary Prevention: An Intervention Trial Evaluating Rosuvastatin), the authors reported that the on-treatment concentration of HDL particles, as measured by nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, was inversely associated with adverse cardiovascular events both in patients given placebo and in rosuvastatin-treated patients. This contrasts with a previous report by this group in which HDL-C was found to not be significantly associated with cardiovascular events in the statin-treated group" My major concern with the book is that in patients with elevated LDL-P greater than 1,000 and with positive CAC (coronary arterial calcium done with CT scan) and/or a positive CIMT (carotid intimal media thickness by Ultrasound) are told to treat the plaque with (page 164) magnesium, co-enzyme Q, resveratrol, curcumin, vitamin D, vitamin C, and citrus bergamot (Dr. Bowden). Chelation therapy (Dr Fred Pescatore) p 165. On page 163 a chapter is titled "The Risks from Statins outweighs the absolute risks of having a heart attack." However in the chapter Dr Ravnskov says "there is a minuscule increase of two percentage points in your survival." No matter how he couches it, he says there is decrease of mortality on statins. Thus a patient with a calcium score above zero and/or a CIMT of 75% tile has found out he has sub-clinical plaque. A vulnerable plaque can rupture and cause sudden coronary death. There are 100,000 sudden coronary deaths a year with 50% of those people having death as the first sign of the disease. The best way to regress the plaque and reduce the inflammation is by getting the LDL-P less than 750. At least Jimmie could advise a wax matrix over the counter niacin at the low dose of 1,000 mg. Then Zetia is a good non-statin alternative to add on if the LDL-P goal is not reached. Finally this anti-statin crowd needs to consider to break the lowest dose of atorvastatin in half and take 5 mg. If they think the statin is affecting them, they can take atorvastatin 5 mg every other day. Then follow the CiMT every two years. Circulation Sept 10,2013 Nicholls and Puri Circulation Sept 10, 2013 Rosenson et. al.