Apologies for the lame post title, but I thought it fit with the lameness of the name of my new favorite app: My Fitness Pal. Why Mike and Albert Lee, the brothers-developers who created this wildly handy app, thought the word ‘pal’ was a good idea I’ll probably never know. But in the end I don’t care – because this app is awesome.
Though I will admit to the need of dropping a few post-holiday pounds, I was not in the market for an exercise or food tracking tool. I like love technology, sure, but the thought of tapping into my iPhone every single morsel of food that passed my lips sounded…let’s just say less than fun.
NBC Nightly News and MSNBC reported just hours ago that a new, 10-year study by the US government’s Women’s Health Initiative shows that statins (the cholesterol-lowering Rx drugs like Lipitor, Crestor and Zocor) may cause Type 2 diabetes in women over 50. Here are 2 key paragraphs from an MSNBC.com online article, Statins Linked with Small Diabetes Risk:
“A new side effect seems to be emerging for those cholesterol-lowering wonder drugs called statins: They may increase some people’s chances of developing Type 2 diabetes.” “But more and more doctors are urging otherwise healthy people to use the pills as a way to prevent heart disease.
Changing to a low cholesterol lifestyle (read the About Me page for WHY I have to change) feels, well, totally daunting.
I started with good intentions and high hopes. How hard could it be?
My first step of course was to google ‘low cholesterol.’ (Thank goodness correct spelling doesn’t matter because it is nearly impossible for me to type cholesterol’ correctly. That ‘e’ always ends up as an ‘o.’)
But the results were disappointing. All I found were diets that I could buy (and even those looked sketchy), a bunch of medical jargon, and loads of disparate and very basic info about proper diet for lowering cholesterol: cut out animal fats and start eating oatmeal,