Red Yeast Rice Study

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Bright and early yesterday morning, I had my fasting blood test.  After 2 months of low-fat, low cholesterol dining, along with a somewhat increased exercise plan, I’m hoping my LDL and Total Cholesterol numbers will have declined.  But I am expecting them to have held steady or increased, given: a) my not-quite-total commitment to lo-co lifestyle — Phish Food still included, exercise hasn’t hit that holy-grail daily level, and b) the ‘Roller Coaster‘ experience.

In preparation for the phone call I expect from my doctor, I dove into the June 2009 Red Yeast Rice study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.  

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The Cholesterol Roller-Coaster Ride

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A reporter from The Charlotte Observer, Karen Garloch, wrote an article about her ‘cholesterol roller-coaster ride’ and how difficult it is to figure out what to do and whether it will work.

Sound familiar?  It sure did to me.  In fact, her third paragraph really hit home:

“In the end, I realized that the “high” cholesterol levels I started out with in December may not really have been so alarming, given my own healthy diet and lifestyle.”

That is what I’m hoping happens for me – that even though my cholesterol is high and thus a statin is ‘recommended’

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