Did you know there are quick, easy-to-use, online calculators that will tell you how likely you are to have a heart attack in the next 10 years?
There are several, in fact. Most of these online risk calculators are based on the Framingham risk score, which assesses heart disease risk in the next 10 years based on six pieces of information: age, sex, total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, smoking status and systolic blood pressure.
The Reynolds risk score goes beyond the Framingham risk score. In addition to all the factors required by the Framingham risk score, the Reynolds risk score asks for C-reactive protein test results (which are not included in a typical lipid panel) and whether a parent had a heart attack before age 60.
In all the ‘bazillion ways to lower cholesterol’ lists I’ve read, not once did I see grapefruit listed. Well, it may have been listed (I don’t like grapefruit so it’s entirely possible likely I, um, skipped by it) but grapefruit is certainly not prominent on any list of foods that can help lower cholesterol.
And yet, apparently, it should be.
At least according to a 2006 (small) Israeli study posted online in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. While the study is a few years old and included just 57 people, these were a pretty motivated group IMHO: they’d been unsuccessful lowering cholesterol with Rx statins,
A few months ago, I got an email from the online behemoth Answers.com about this very blog: they liked Going Lo-Co (!!) and asked if I’d be interested in becoming an Answers.com category expert. After a writing test, an editing test, and much back-and-forthing, I am pleased to announce that I am now publishing articles as the cholesterol ‘category expert’ on Answers.com.
Check out the Answers.com overall cholesterol page; it has many useful articles, a few I’ve written and many written by others. It’s a good place to learn more about cholesterol.