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Key's diet-heart hypothesis re-evaluated

  1. Apr 13, 2016 #1
    This re-analysis of Keys diet-heart hypothesis has been on the news recently and thought it would be of interest to others:

    Re-evaluation of the traditional diet-heart hypothesis: analysis of recovered data from Minnesota Coronary Experiment (1968-73)


    Replacing butter with vegetable oils does not cut heart disease risk

    CBC Video:
    Benefits of switch from saturated fat to corn oil for longer life challenged

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  3. Apr 13, 2016 #2


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    Another example of factors correlated to good health not turning out to be causative of good health. Similarly, some recent clinical trials have shown certain drugs that raise "good cholesterol" (HDL) and lower "bad cholesterol" (LDL) have no effect on overall cardiovascular health (http://blogs.sciencemag.org/pipeline/archives/2016/04/04/cetp-finally-heads-to-the-trash-heap). Of course, there are other classes of drugs that do the same thing to HDL and LDL levels (but through a different mechanism) and do seem to improve cardiovascular health.
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