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David Evans

Independent Health Researcher

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Small dense LDL cholesterol associated with heart disease in men

This post includes a synopsis on a study published in Circulation 1997;95:69-75 and a recipe for country fried steak.

Study title and authors:
Small, Dense Low-Density Lipoprotein Particles as a Predictor of the Risk of Ischemic Heart Disease in Men
Prospective Results From the Quebec Cardiovascular Study
Benoit Lamarche, PhD; Andre Tchernof, PhD; Sital Moorjani, PhD; Bernard Cantin, MD; Gilles R. Dagenais, MD; Paul J. Lupien, MD; Jean-Pierre Despres, PhD
The Lipid Research Center, CHUL Research Center (B.L., A.T., S.M., B.C., P.J.L., J.-P.D.) and the Department of Medicine, University of Montreal (G.R.D.), Quebec, Canada.                       Amazon:
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This study can be accessed at:;95/1/69

Low density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL) diameter size was measured 103 male patients with ischemic heart disease and 103 healthy control subjects to ascertain if LDL size is associated with ischemic heart disease.

The study found that those men with the smallest diameter LDL had a 3.6-fold increase in the risk of ischemic heart disease compared with those with the largest diameter LDL.

The study suggests that the presence of small, dense LDL particles may be associated with an increased risk of subsequently developing heart disease in men.

Low fat/high carbohydrate diets can trigger small dense LDL cholesterol. See here.

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Recipe of the day

Country Fried Steak

4 cube steaks                                                                                                                  Steak:
Omaha Steaks The Emperor1/4 cup coconut flour
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1 cup beef broth
1/2 onion, sliced
4 tbs olive oil

1. Season steaks with salt, pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder.

2. Dredge in coconut flour on both sides. Shake off extra flour and let steak rest for 5 minutes.

3. Heat up olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.

4. When pan is smoking hot, add steaks and sear for 5 minutes per side to brown and make a nice crust. Remove steak from pan.

5. Reduce heat to medium and add onions. Cook until softened.

6. Stir in any leftover coconut flour from dredging steaks. Add in broth and whisk.

7. Put steaks back in pan and cook for 10 more minutes until sauce thickens.