First posted 7/22/11 on The Doctor Weighs In
Yesterday’s column dealt with a saturated fat, choline (and its precursor lecithin), and demonstrated on the molecular level how it causes the formation of atherosclerotic plaque. What was missing from that neat picture was one component that we know is important in diabetes and atherosclerosis: inflammation. In the last few years scientists have become more and more convinced that the fundamental process of these diseases is inflammatory. But how exactly do saturated fats cause inflammation?