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The Great Cholesterol Myth Cookbook by Deirdre Rawlings, Stephen Sinatra, Jonny Bowden

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2 HORMONES 101

How your major fat-storage and stress hormones affect your heart and what you can do about them

To better understand how sugar, not fat or cholesterol, contributes to heart disease, I’ll need to briefly discuss a few hormones. I promise the journey will be nothing like your high school biochemistry class.

The main player in our hormonal story is insulin. Insulin is an anabolic hormone. And if the first thing you think of when you hear the word anabolic is “steroids,” I don’t blame you. Anabolic means “building up,” while its opposite—catabolic—means “breaking down.” Steroids are indeed “anabolic,” and so is insulin.

So insulin is known as an anabolic hormone, meaning it helps build things up. For example, insulin delivers sugar ...

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