Study: Medicines and Vegetable Oils as Hidden Causes of Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes

Summary: Statin-induced suppression of prenyl intermediates in the cholesterol biosynthetic pathway has been linked to stimulated atherosclerosis and heart failure. On the other hand, certain types of vegetable oil and hydrogenated oil shortened the survival of stroke-prone spontaneously hypertensive rats by decreasing platelet number, increasing hemorrhagic tendency and damaging kidney functions, which could not be accounted for by their fatty acid and phytosterol compositions. These vegetable oils and medicines such as statin and warfarin share, in part, a common mechanism to inhibit vitamin K2-dependent processes, which was interpreted to lead to increased onset of CVD, DM, chronic kidney disease, bone fracture and even mental disorder. Impaired vitamin K2-dependent processes by some types of vegetable oils and medicines, but not plasma high low density lipoprotein cholesterol, were proposed as the cause of CVD, DM and other lifestyle-related diseases. High n-6/n-3 fatty acid ratio of ingested foods, but not animal fats, was emphasized to be another risk factor for many of the diseases described above.

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PERFECT STORM OF HEART DISEASE: HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF

Processed food is behind cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Statins just make it worse: The perfect storm of too much sugar and refined carbohydrate combined with polyunsaturated seed oils creates inflammation in every blood vessel, in every cell membrane and in every mitochondrion, the engines of cells.

That creates the susceptibility in every organ to other damaging processes including stress, chemical exposure, genetic predispositions, vitamin deficiencies, and the potential damage from poor gut flora.

Read Full Article By Dr. Gary Fettke (FoodMed.Net)

Will whole grains make you live longer?

Three! journal articles were published on whole grains in the past couple of weeks; not sure how that happened. Zong et al had this article published in Circulation: “Whole Grain Intake and Mortality From All Causes, Cardiovascular Disease, and Cancer. A Meta-Analysis of Prospective Cohort Studies.” Aune et al had this article published in the BMJ: “Whole grain consumption and risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer, and all cause and cause specific mortality: systematic review and dose-response meta-analysis of prospective studies.” Chen et al had this one published in the AJCN “Whole-grain intake and total, cardiovascular, and cancer mortality: a systematic review and meta-analysis of prospective studies.”

Read Article By Zoë Harcombe

Greens call for 20 per cent ‘sugar tax’ on drinks

The Greens will today call for a blanket 20 per cent “sugar tax” on soft drinks to tackle obesity, a measure estimated to collect $500 million a year.

The move, which would add about 20 cents to the supermarket price of a can of Coca-Cola, could lead to a fall in consumption of 12 per cent, according to research cited by the Greens.

“The Australian Greens accept that challenge,” said the party’s leader, Richard Di Natale, who will make his case for the tax at an obesity summit at Sydney University on Wednesday.

Read Article By Michael Koziol (SMH)

You CAN eat to beat diabetes – so why isn’t the NHS telling you how?

When I went to medical school, I learnt lots about anatomy, biochemistry and physiology, but next to nothing about nutrition or exercise.

As American holistic health guru Dr Andrew Weil pointed out at a recent meeting of the Royal Society of Medicine: ‘Health professionals should be able to inform patients about the benefit of food, but they can’t because they are not taught the basics.’

And this is happening against a backdrop of one of the greatest health crises of our age: ever-rising blood sugar levels. In the UK, more than four million people now have type 2 diabetes, the sort that’s usually linked to being overweight.

Read Article By Dr. Michael Mosley

The Sugar Association’s latest spin on the science

The U.S. Sugar Association is using an article in JAMA about the rising prevalence of obesity to argue that sugar cannot be responsible.  Sugar intake has declined in the U.S. since 2000, largely because of the decline in consumption of soft drinks.

Sugar, says the Sugar Association, cannot cause obesity (it’s energy balance).

Evidence?  The numbers don’t add up.

Read Article By Marion Nestle