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Posted by: Harry O, Tuesday, January 18, 2011, 11:21am
British Study Confirms Type O Blood and Less Heart Disease

I hope i'm not reposting this as i searched around the forum and didn't see this story posted here however i was stoked as i just read this about a study posted on Web MD by the British Heart Foundation showing that Blood Type O produces an specific enzyme that protects from heart attacks even when there is plaquing in the arteries.

Now what will these constant naysayers say about the science not being sound etc . as Dr. D was spot on as he's mentioned this in his books  and podcasts etc. about how we Type O's have thinner blood and are less prone to clot than the other blood types.
Posted by: AKArtlover, Tuesday, January 18, 2011, 2:25pm; Reply: 1
I think O's tend to have higher cholesterol numbers as well, so they may well be prescribed "statin drugs" at a higher rate-- which have their own issues. Argh!

As Lola once said, "Fear the wheat, not the meat." ;D

Grassfed and finished, ;) of course.

Listening to some of the conference CD's and I realize just how long Dr. D has been saying some of this stuff and how far ahead of the curve he was even at the first 2003 conference.

Glad to be here, once again... 8)
Posted by: Andrea AWsec, Tuesday, January 18, 2011, 2:50pm; Reply: 2
Yeah it is amazing when you listen to him 8) from back then.

O's tend to run a bit greasy... ;)
Posted by: Maria Giovanna, Tuesday, January 18, 2011, 2:57pm; Reply: 3
Great but we knew in advance, thanks dr D.
Posted by: AKArtlover, Tuesday, January 18, 2011, 4:41pm; Reply: 4
Quoted from Andrea AWsec

O's tend to run a bit greasy... ;)

Love it. Dr. Nash makes me :).
She really connected with hubby, so happy. We were so relieved that she was the first one that didn't think he was on death's door because of higher numbers. (We knew it.) Now he is tweaking away. We think his next test is going to be great.
Posted by: san j, Tuesday, January 18, 2011, 4:50pm; Reply: 5
Very cool, thanks. Duly sent article to a few O pals. :D
Posted by: O in Virginia, Tuesday, January 18, 2011, 5:06pm; Reply: 6
My heart and blood pressure are excellent (although I need to lose some weight).  My total cholesterol is high, but my HDL is fine, and my doctor does not want to lower that, and my triglycerides are normal.  My cholesterol was checked shortly before I started BTD last September (and I was eating wheat, dairy, all kinds of foods that I now avoid).  I'll be curious to see the numbers at my check up this summer after doing SWAMI for the better part of a year.

Total cholesterol = 220 (should be lower than 200)
HDL - 68 (Should be higher than 60)
LDL - 127 (Should be lower than 100)
Triglycerides - 126 (Should be lower than 150)
Posted by: san j, Tuesday, January 18, 2011, 5:11pm; Reply: 7
Some O's have phenomenally high HDL ("good" cholesterol). Their MDs generally don't understand it, don't make the BT connection. And if the "bad" cholesterol numbers are "too high", i.e., if Total Cholesterol is "too high", these MDs reach for the Rx pad anyway, on auto-pilot, to make their rep's statin sales quota.  :-/ So send this article to your middle-aged O friends and family.
Posted by: O in Virginia, Tuesday, January 18, 2011, 5:17pm; Reply: 8
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...these MDs reach for the Rx pad anyway, on auto-pilot, to make their rep's statin sales quota.  

Grrr....  >:(
Posted by: ruthiegirl, Tuesday, January 18, 2011, 5:27pm; Reply: 9
Hey- not all MDs are bad! A good friend of mine is a pediatrician, yet she's very nutrition-conscious. Not that she learned anything about nutrition in medical school- she learned it the same way most of us have- by doing her own research, largely on the internet. The main difference between her and me is that she can actually understand more of the medical studies out there. ;)

She often finds herself writing prescriptions for kids because the parents aren't willing to make dietary changes, and that frustrates her.
Posted by: Peppermint Twist, Tuesday, January 18, 2011, 5:40pm; Reply: 10
I'm so thrilled that my HDL is 91.  91!!!!!!!!  Total chol. 198.

I lucked out genetically AND I'm on the GTD, hence the astronomical HDL.  Interestingly, my mom is Type A.  Like me, she has the astronomical HDL (it is on her side of the family--her 1st cousin has it too, I just learned on Christmas), yet her BP is high (mine is not--but she's 86, too...still, hers has been high for many years) and her total chol. is too high, per her traditional doc, so she is on a statin, which I'm not thrilled about, given her exceptionally high HDL.  I think her being an A and me being an O makes the diff between her having the classic type of cardiovascular issues and me NOT.  Turns out that I do have a weird electrical/conduction sitch with my heart, but as far as my heart muscle itself, it is, quoting the cardiologist from my one-year follow-up re the weird conduction sitch, "your heart is strong" (him saying that, and the way he said it, made my heart skip a beat in gladness at how strong it is!), and my bloodwork/cholesterol is spectacular, so I'm very blessed.  I think being Type O sure doesn't hurt.  My mom is A and does not eat right for her type, though, so maybe if she did, her BP and total cholesterol numbers would normalize.  Instead, she eats way too much processed food, nitrites and stuff like that.  A lot of fat, too, but I do theorize that with our high HDL, we can both contend with much more fat than folks who don't have that.  I saw a PBS show (can't remember which one) that discussed how a certain genetic line of Ashkenazi Jews (that'd be my mom and I) have what they call "fluffy cholesterol" or "fluffy HDL" and it is sort of these HUGE HDL molecules that bounce harmlessly off your artery walls, giving the person who has them protection from any ill effects.  This line of folks of Ashkenazic Jewish heritage not only have the fluffy cholesterol but have VERY high HDL, to a ridiculously and wonderfully protective degree, and then it went on to show a bunch of folks documented to have this genetic lineage with the fluffy cholesterol and sky-high HDL, who eat tons of fat in their diet and smoke continuously and are all like 100+ years old.  Well!  That's me, I thought!  That's gotta be my peeps!  And just imagine, since I don't smoke and I follow my GTD, I'll live forever!
Posted by: Goldie, Tuesday, January 18, 2011, 5:50pm; Reply: 11
responding only to the healine here.. a lot will matter to O's in any study that includes a diet for BTD/GENO or NOT.  IF people eat all the stuff we are not supposed to need inside of us to stay healthy the study is useless..

thanks for posting it.. but you see what I mean..if I ayte loaves of bread and jam howwould  fare?  my study is one who does not contain such staples....
Posted by: O in Virginia, Tuesday, January 18, 2011, 5:51pm; Reply: 12
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Hey- not all MDs are bad!

True!  My MD suggested BTD for weight loss.  He also suggested a program offered through the hospital he's affiliated with.  But LRFYT jumped off the bookshelf at me at Goodwill a week later, so I went with that.  Fate took a hand.  :)

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I'm so thrilled that my HDL is 91.  91!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Peppermint Twist, Tuesday, January 18, 2011, 6:01pm; Reply: 13
P.S.  Just found a fascinating article on cholesterol, including a little blurb about "fluffy cholesterol".  It is written by a doctor who, if I'm not mistaken, is one I've seen on PBS and he's a bit over-the-top on veganism (I think--not sure if I'm recalling that correctly), yet this article, imho, is GREAT and doesn't dis fat at all, but rather processed food and sugary carbs, which are the real baddies.  Anyway, here is the link to the article, and it is a great read that covers many of the most important aspects of the cholesterol issue, including whether statins are really indicated for the majority of people who are prescribed them:

And here is the blurb about fluffy cholesterol:

"Many are also aware that there are different sizes of cholesterol particles. There are small and large particles of LDL, HDL, and triglycerides. The most dangerous are the small, dense particles that act like BB pellets, easily penetrating your arteries. Large, fluffy cholesterol particles are practically harmless--even if your total cholesterol is high. They function like beach balls and bounce off the arteries, causing no harm."
Posted by: O in Virginia, Tuesday, January 18, 2011, 9:18pm; Reply: 14
I hope mine are the flluffy kind.   :-/
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