STEM-Talk Episode 41: Dr. David Diamond

Another great listen from STEM-Talk .  Dr. Diamond’s interview is very accessible (not too “sciencey”) and informative.  Check out the links in the podcast show notes to hear more from Dr. Diamond.

EPISODE 41: DR. DAVID DIAMOND TALKS ABOUT THE ROLE OF FAT, CHOLESTEROL, AND STATIN DRUGS IN HEART DISEASE

Dr. David Diamond is a University of South Florida professor in the departments of psychology, molecular pharmacology and physiology and director of the USF Neuroscience Collaborative.

He is well known for research that looks at the effects of stress on brain, memory and synaptic plasticity. A primary research project over the past few decades has been the study of treatments for combat veterans and civilians with PTSD.

Although his academic specialty is neuroscience, recently he has been closely examining the role of fat and cholesterol in heart disease. He began looking into lipids after test results showed his triglycerides were through the roof.  He also launched a critical look into the effectiveness of statins, a class of drugs doctors frequently prescribe to help people lower cholesterol levels in their blood.

Dr. Diamond’s findings contradicted the low-fat, high-carb diet that he, as well as many Americans, had been advised to follow. This led him to explore ways for people to optimize their diet for cardiovascular health.

Previous posts about STEM-Talk: STEM-Talk Episode 37: Gary Taubes and STEM-Talk.

More to come…..

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