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Research / UCLA Heart Attack Study
« on: January 23, 2012, 10:03:53 AM »
I saw this study mentioned it several books. It looked at the LDL & HDL levels in hospitalized heart attack victims between 2000 and 2006. Overall, they examined the records of 136,905 patients (59% of all heart attack patients during the period).

This is the study where they found that 75% of heart attack patients had LOW LDL cholesterol levels (below 130), and came to the conclusion that we need to lower cholesterol levels even more. The conclusion was so out of whack with the data, that I looked up an actual copy of the report.

They lumped everyone with an LDL level over 159 into the high category (high LDL is considered bad). They also lumped everyone with an HDL lever over 59 into the high category (high HDL is considered good). So, what percentage of heart attack victims had high LDL & high HDL?


That's less than 1 percent. Or, to state it another way: 99.3% of heart attack victims have a LDL level below 160 and a HDL level below 60.

What was just as interesting, was that lowering the LDL level increased the rate of heart attacks. 7.1% of victims had an HDL level over 59, but an LDL below 160.

HDL though, seemed to be the key (imho). 92.2% of heart attack victims (no matter what their LDL level) had a HDL level below 60.

So, of course, what are we told to do? Concentrate on lowering our LDL levels. I'm starting to wonder if the conclusion was written before the report, as they don't seem to have anything in common.

A copy of the actual report can be found here:

The relevant numbers can be found in the total cohort grid.

Diet and nutrition / Carbs to sugar conversion ratio question
« on: January 17, 2012, 10:38:33 AM »
I know that digestible carbs end up as sugar in the blood stream. What I don't know is how to convert the amounts.

If you eat 10 grams of carbs, how many grams of sugar does that end up being in the blood?

Is it a 1 gram to 1 gram ratio, or is there some formula to determine the correct amount?

Meta / Captcha on signup too hard
« on: January 13, 2012, 09:47:21 AM »
I signed up for the sight today.

I had to go request at least a dozen versions of the captcha on the registration page to find one that I thought I could read. It took about a half dozen entry tries till I finally entered one correctly.

I came pretty close to throwing my hands up in the air and saying forget it. How many people do you think have done exactly that? My guess is a lot.

I understand the need for something like a captcha to prevent spammers from creating logins, but this particular one may be presenting too high a barrier and actually costing you users. You might want to switch to one that--while still machine unreadable--is a little easier to read with the naked eye.

Just an observation based on my registration experience.

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