11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

News, discoveries and … fun 1. Americans who are 65 or older feel better about their physical appearance than younger  – even much younger – people. (Learn more at Gallup) 2. Paul McCartney and Warren Buffett are buddies. (Learn more at AARP) 3. There’s no need to fast before a routine cholesterol test. (Learn more at AARP) 4. Google and Novartis are teaming up to make a contact lens that can monitor blood sugar levels. (Learn more at New York Times) >> Sign up …

Study Questions the Need to Fast for Cholesterol Test

For years we’ve been told we need to fast for eight to 12 hours before getting a blood test to measure our cholesterol. But for the second time in two years, a large study finds there’s no evidence that fasting is necessary. “The evidence on which the fasting recommendation is based is weak at best,” said senior author and cardiologist Sripal Bangalore of New York University Langone Medical Center. “Our study and data from other studies now really question this …

Losing Weight After 50: Is “Intermittent Eating” Right For You?

I don’t believe in dieting. I do believe in eating well: lots of dark, leafy greens (kale is my favorite!); small amounts of red meat; as little of the “white stuff” (sugar, white potatoes, white rice) as possible; nuts (especially calcium-rich almonds); legumes; and huge amounts of water and green tea (with some coffee in the morning and a little heart-healthy red wine in the evening thrown in for good measure!). What has this way of eating done for me? …

Skip Fasting Before a Cholesterol Test, Study Says

We’re supposed to fast for eight to 12 hours before having our blood tested for cholesterol, but wouldn’t it be great if we didn’t have to forgo breakfast and that first cup of coffee? Well, maybe we can. A new study suggests that most of us can skip fasting and still get accurate cholesterol measurements. The study, published Monday in the Archives of Internal Medicine, says fasting before the test has little impact on the results. Lipid, or fat, levels …