Claire Corlett

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New Super Fish Oil Drug May Cut Heart Disease Risk

New Super Fish Oil Drug May Cut Heart Disease Risk


ONE STEP FORWARD, ONE STEP BACK. THIS DRUG IMPROVES ONE WITHOUT HURTING THE OTHER. IT WAS ABOUT TWO YEARS AGO THAT HE GOT SOME CONCERNING BLOOD TEST RESULTS. IT WAS AROUND 600. WHAT DID THE DOCTORS TELL YOU ABOUT THAT? THAT IT CAN CAUSE HEART DISEASE. HE’S A DOCTOR HIMSELF SO HE KNEW THAT HE HAD TO LOWER THEM. BUT VIRTUALLY EVERY DRUG OR FISH OIL THAT’S LOWERED THEM ALSO RAISING CHOLESTEROL. FISH OIL IS A COMBINATION OF OMEGA3 FATTY ACIDS. EPA ALONE DOES NOT RAISE LDL CHOLESTEROL. YOU GET A CHANCE TO GET YOUR CAKE AND EAT IT. TURNS OUT THERE’S AN FDA APPROVED DRUG THAT’S A HIGHLY PURIFIED EPA FATTY ACID. IT’S BEEN KNOWN TO LOWER TRIGLYCERIDES. BUT IT ALSO LOWERS THE RISK FOR HEART ATTACK AND STROKE BY 20%. THAT’S IN MORE THAN 8,000 HIGH RISK PATIENTS ALREADY TAKING THEM FOR THEIR CHOLESTEROL. CARDIOLOGISTS SAY THIS COULD HAVE A BIG IMPACT ON HEART DISEASE AND STROKE PREVENTION. A THIRD OF THE COUNTRY HAS THEM OVER 200. THAT’S A LOT OF PEOPLE. CERTAINLY THOSE PEOPLE WHO ARE OVERWEIGHT, PARTICULARLY ABDOMINAL OBESITY, THOSE WHO ARE DIABETIC THESE ARE THE INDIVIDUALS WHO TIPLY ARE GOING TO HAVE ELEVATED TRYGLYCERIDES AND BE A CANDIDATE. THEY HAVE DROPPED FROM 600 TO 300. THIS IS NOT A BENEFIT YOU CAN GET FROM FISH OIL. THIS IS A VERY PURE FORM OF THE ONE COMPONENT OF FISH OIL. IT HAS A BENEFIT WITHOUT RAISING YOUR CHOLESTEROL. IT’S RELATIVELY INEXPENSIVE AS HEART MEDICATIONS GO. THIS IS A VERY BIG STUDY CALLED AN OUTCOME STUDY. IT DIDN’T JUST LOOK AT THE NUMBERS IN YOUR BLOOD BUT HOW MANY PEOPLE HAD HEART ATTACKS AND STROKES.

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