Tuesday, July 24, 2007

A Samosa with your Chianti?

We all had an excuse to drink that extra glass of Cabernet - it's good for the heart, right? Well now you can order that extra cheeseburger or samosa too - it will cut down your risk of cancer. Article today on Yahoo News reports that:

Lowering cholesterol as much as possible may reduce the risk of heart disease, but with a price: taking it too low could raise the risk of cancer, U.S. researchers reported on Tuesday. Patients who took statin drugs to lower their cholesterol had a slightly higher risk of cancer, although the study did not show that the statin drugs themselves caused the cancer. The researchers found one extra case of cancer per 1,000 patients with the lowest levels of LDL -- low density lipoprotein or so-called bad cholesterol -- when compared to patients with higher LDL levels.

So if your LDL has been dipping too low, you should eat a samosa and fix that. However, to counter the ill-effects of that on the heart, don't forget to wash it down with a nice glass of Chianti. The samosa and Chianti the "cornerstone of a nutritious meal"

What a great quote towards the end of the article:
"Something is going to get us. If we don't die of heart disease, then we die of cancer or Alzheimer's. We don't want people to stop something that we know has benefits."

Honestly, the more health news I read, the more I become unsure of what is the right thing to do.

A link to the entire article is here. Note that the link may expire after sometime (Yahoo expires the articles)

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