I love it when various studies are reported and tell us things that we already know.

This morning Yahoo posted the following: “Bad” cholesterol not the whole story in stroke?  It reports on a recent study which appears to be out of NYU School of Medicine. 

Conclusions—Among a panel of lipid and lipoprotein biomarkers, baseline triglycerides, VLDL size, and IDL particle number were significantly associated with incident ischemic stroke in postmenopausal women.

 A Low Carb (ketogenic) diet hits all off these markers square on. 

It also stresses that the old measures are just not enough to rely on – or – more importantly to start taking significant medications.  The article went on to say:

Traditional numbers like total cholesterol and LDL, Berger said, “may really not be enough” — at least when it comes to the risk of ischemic stroke. (Ischemic strokes, which are caused by a clot that blocks blood flow to the brain, are the most common type of strokes.)

Now this is the part I love:

The new study was supported by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. One of the researchers is an employee of LipoScience, a company marketing a test that measures the number of cholesterol-carrying particles in the blood.

Seriously – wouldn’t you be happier to know the sponsor of every study.  There is one Factoid rotating through the screens at my gym which reports on a study identifying the significant health benefits of Maple Syrup.  Come on – You know who sponsored that study.

The Cynic in my never sleeps.

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