Why not many doctors tells the truth about cholesterol? Cholesterol is found naturally in animal foods is not harmful to your health! But it can become harmful to your health if damaged by exposure to high levels of processing techniques hard to heat and / or.
During my college years, I used to frustrate my parents for throwing the egg yolks and eat only the whites. Do not worry, I thought, as my parents just do not know enough to realize that I was reducing my risk of heart disease, avoiding cholesterol. Looking back, I’m sure my parents wondered how he could pull away easily so precious egg yolks were able to give only a few times a year, when they lived in Korea.
Today, I am grateful to have a better understanding of the relationship between cholesterol and health. How about you? Are you afraid to have high cholesterol? Are you wasting egg yolks because he thinks they are bad for health? Are you taking medications to lower cholesterol or considering starting one?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, I encourage you to consider the work of Uffe Ravnskov, MD, PhD, author of The Cholesterol Myths: Exposing the fallacy that saturated fat and cholesterol cause heart disease. Dr. Ravnskov consider to be the greatest expert in the world on the relationship between cholesterol and human health.
I have some data from his book here:
1. Cholesterol is not a deadly poison, but a substance that needs to be healthy. High blood cholesterol itself does not cause heart disease.
2. People who have low blood cholesterol have the same rates of heart disease as people who have high cholesterol.
3. The cholesterol found in the blood comes from two sources: cholesterol in the foods you eat and cholesterol produced by the liver from other nutrients
4. the amount of cholesterol the liver produces varies with the amount of cholesterol you eat. If you eat a lot of cholesterol, your liver produces less. If you do not eat much cholesterol, your liver produces more. Therefore, a diet low in cholesterol is usually lower cholesterol in a person’s blood for more than a small percentage.
5. Drugs that lower cholesterol not only reduce their risk of dying from heart disease or extend life. These drugs pose a danger to your health and may shorten its life.
6. cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins new – – reduce the risk of heart disease, but through mechanisms that are unrelated to reduce blood cholesterol. And alarmingly, it is known that statins like Lipitor Mevacor, Zocor, Pravachol, Lescol and to stimulate cancer in rodents.
WHAT HDL and LDL?
Well, here are some facts about LDL cholesterol and HDL that the vast majority of my patients are surprised to learn:
-. LDL and HDL are not types of cholesterol
-. LDL and HDL are lipoproteins that carry cholesterol through the circulatory system of blood
– LDL stands for low density lipoprotein, and HDL stands for high density lipoprotein
-. LDL is thought often wrongly it regarded as bad cholesterol because it carries cholesterol to the arteries
. -. HDL is often mistakenly referred to as good cholesterol, because cholesterol from arteries (your liver)
-. LDL and HDL carry cholesterol in it
I have the main points here take away from the facts presented above:
If you regularly consume damaged cholesterol and foods that are rich in free radicals, is likely to have significant amounts of damaged cholesterol floating through your circulatory system.
And if you regularly have damaged cholesterol floating around in your blood, then a high LDL level correlates with a higher than average risk of developing cardiovascular disease, and a high HDL level correlates with a lower than average risk of developing cardiovascular disease.
In other words, if you have significant amounts of damaged cholesterol in your bloodstream, they do not want a lot of LDL to be available to carry this cholesterol to the arteries, where the damaged cholesterol can contribute to atherosclerosis, and want a lot of HDL available to damaged arteries cholesterol link.
So if it is true that a proportion of high HDL / total cholesterol may reflect a lower risk of developing cardiovascular disease, which is most important when it comes to cholesterol and your health is to avoid eating foods of animal origin that have been cooked at high temperatures, as these foods are usually rich in damaged cholesterol.
When the guidelines CONVENTIONAL COME
Unfortunately, conventional guidelines that promote lower levels of cholesterol for a healthy heart are influenced largely by pharmaceutical companies make billions of dollars with cholesterol-lowering drugs.
For example, in the summer of 2004, a panel of physicians lowered the “safe” level of LDL cholesterol from 130 to 100, and further recommended that people at high risk of developing purpose cardiovascular disease for reduce their LDL levels to 70.
This change in the standard of medical practice caused an estimated eight million Americans to stand as candidates for immediate therapy with cholesterol-related drugs.
Although this “news” was covered by the major media and news agencies, only one newspaper, Newsday reported that most doctors responsible for establishing the new recommendations had a conflict of interest. Almost all they had received money – usually in the form of grants or honoraria – from at least ten pharmaceutical companies. The National Cholesterol Education Program, the source of new medical treatment guidelines for cholesterol, failed to report these financial disclosures.
Guidelines for Healthy HDL, LDL, total cholesterol and triglycerides
The following are my personal guidelines on monitoring cholesterol, based on the research I’ve done on this issue, and evaluation of the results of blood tests and health of hundreds of people I have worked in recent years.
Ideally, it is better to have a cholesterol level in the blood of more than 150 mg / dl (3.9 mmol / L). But if your cholesterol level in the blood is lower than this, as long as you are eating a plant-centered rich in nutrients and not suffering from any health challenges diet, there may be no cause for concern.
Low cholesterol in the long term can lead to depression, increased risk of stroke, and numerous problems related to hormonal imbalances. If you are not getting enough vitamin D from your diet, having low cholesterol can lead to vitamin D deficiency, as sunlight creates vitamin D in your body by acting on cholesterol found in your skin.
Ideally, the ratio of HDL / total must be greater than 25%. Generally, the higher this ratio, the better. If this ratio is 10-15 percent or less, there is an increased risk of eventually experiencing a heart attack.
Ideally, it is best to have a triglyceride / HDL ratio of 2.0 or less.
If your HDL / total cholesterol and proportions of triglycerides / HDL are in the ranges listed above, and they are eating cholesterol mainly in good condition, having a total cholesterol over 200 mg / dl (5.2 mmol / L), most likely ISN ‘t a concern. In fact, even people whose genetic make have total cholesterol above 350 mg / dl (9.0 mmol / L) has been shown to have high risk of heart disease, as long as their relations are good and They stay away from eating damaged cholesterol.
This is my point of view to take home about cholesterol and your health:
Instead of focusing only on the numbers of the last blood test, their health is best served by:
1. Ensure regular consumption of a wide variety of foods rich in plant nutrients (vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and small amounts of fruits nuts and seeds).
2. Ensuring regular intake of healthy fats such as those found in avocados, olives, coconuts, organic eggs, and maybe some cold water fish in the chance.
3. minimize the intake of animal foods that are highly processed and / or exposed to high cooking temperatures.
4. Trying to live a balanced life that includes adequate rest, physical activity, exposure to fresh air and sunlight (without getting burned), meaningful relationships, and a sense of purpose.