September 7, 2010….Cholesterol levels rise from non-stick cooking pans???? Really?
The headline of the article on MSNBC Health caught my eye. Could it be that a chemical used to manufacture nonstick cooking pots and pans is responsible for high cholesterol? (Anyone who knows me knows what 3 words scrolled through my mind!!!). I attached the web address so that you, too, can marvel at the fact that a study was conducted and the results were….well….read the article and see what I’m talking about. Below is the comment I left after the article. Please, please, please….always read the entire article under the headline when claims are made about anything…but especially your health. If you only read the headline and didn’t read further, you’d be throwing out your pot and pan collection tonight!
Study links cholesterol and nonstick coating chemical
Chemicals used to make non-stick coatings on cookware and to waterproof fabrics may raise levels of cholesterol in children, U.S. researchers said on Monday.
This article will make my job so much more difficult. I deal with patients who have dramatically elevated levels of total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, decreased HDL, increased triglycerides. When they read a headline like this, they will automatically throw away their nonstick cooking pots and pans because the headline clearly links a chemical in the coating to increased cholesterol levels.
Meanwhile….on reading further….we learn that “children and teens with the highest PFOA concentration had total cholesterol levels that were 4.6 points higher and LDL levels that were 3.8 points higher than those with the lowest PFOA levels.”
Anyone in the medical profession realizes that these findings are irrelevant in the war on lowering cholesterol as a less than 5 point difference in total cholesterol is NOTHING to write about.
I would love to read an article about the true cause of VERY high total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, blood pressure, midline fat, triglycerides, and blood sugar….Excess insulin. This is factual, scientifically proven, and lack of this information is fueling the obesity and type 2 diabetes epidemics.
By making dietary changes that decrease insulin, I can help my patients achieve a 50 point drop in LDL cholesterol in 8 weeks! Now that’s worth talking about!