The truth about cholesterol (part 1)

The first thing that comes to your mind when speaking of risen cholesterol is that it tries to kill you and you need to take medications in order to keep it in normal ranges. But of course this is not the absolute truth, actually, it is quite a lie. Read about the six biggest lies when speaking of cholesterol.

Lie number one: There are two kinds of cholesterol; one is good, and the other one is bad.“

The truth is that there is only one type of cholesterol. LDL and HDL are not even cholesterol molecule, so the story for the good HDL and for the bad LDL cholesterol is just a story. HDL and LDL are the “transporters“ of the cholesterol molecules but inside of them, there are the same cholesterol molecules.

Lie number two: „Cholesterol is so bad for your health that if it has risen above the upper limits it must be lowered with medications immediately.

Actually, the cholesterol molecule is a building element of each one of our cells, so we need cholesterol in order to stay alive. Cholesterol has many functions in our body but as it is always connected with cardiovascular diseases we will talk in this direction. You must know that if there is no damage to a blood vessel, the “always trying to kill you“ cholesterol won’t just go and make a plaque to your perfectly healthy blood vessel. So it’s not about cholesterol but about the thing that causes damage to your blood vessels. What cholesterol is trying to do is to repair the damage not to kill you. But if you force him to work non-stop and to continually repair blood vessels damage, then yes, in the end, it can result in a clogged blood vessel that might kill you, but who started this all thing, the cholesterol or something else?

Lie number three: „Total cholesterol above upper limits must be a bad thing.

The short answer is: no! The most important thing is the LDL to HDL ratio so if you want to know if you have a problem with your cholesterol level you need to check the LDL and HDL transporters of cholesterol. Sometimes even if the total cholesterol is higher, that might be due to risen HDL and normal LDL which is not a bad thing, and sometimes total cholesterol can be in normal ranges but HDL might be low and LDL high which is something that has to be corrected. So if you really want to know if everything is ok with your cholesterol levels, don’t check total cholesterol.

The truth about cholesterol (part 2)

The first thing that comes to your mind when speaking of risen cholesterol is that it tries to kill you and you need to take medications in order to keep it in normal ranges. But of course this is not the absolute truth, actually, it is quite a lie. Read about the six biggest lies when speaking of cholesterol.

Lie number four:Statins are your greatest friend.

The cholesterol is only trying to fix the damaged parts of your blood vessels, and statins try to lower your cholesterol and to stop it to do its job, and by the way they have some “minor“ side effects including headache, difficulty sleeping, flushing of the skin, muscle aches, tenderness, or weakness (myalgia), drowsiness, dizziness, nausea or vomiting, abdominal cramping or pain, bloating or gas, diarrhea, constipation, rash, and they also carry warnings that memory loss, mental confusion, neuropathy, high blood sugar, and type 2 diabetes are possible side effects. Such a great medication indeed, I’m just confused are they trying to save you or trying to make you sick?

Lie number five: High serum cholesterol CAUSES cardiovascular diseases.“

Correlation is not causation is nearly everything you need to know about this lie. If high cholesterol levels are associated with a higher rate of cardiovascular diseases that doesn’t mean that cholesterol causes cardiovascular diseases. As we said before, risen serum cholesterol is just not enough to make a blood vessel plaque. Cardiovascular diseases begin much earlier at the moment when blood vessel damage is created. As we now know this damage can happen due to smoking, some kind of inflammation, lupus, arthritis, diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure…). The cholesterol is trying to fix the damage but clearly is not trying to kill you. So if you have high cholesterol levels, ask yourself what can you do in order to make your cholesterol to work less?

Lie number six:If you want to lower your blood cholesterol, you need to stop eating fatty foods.

The effects of the dietary fats on serum cholesterol level are not based on sound scientific evidence, however, the first advice you get when facing high cholesterol is: „Don’t eat fatty foods!“. Trans-fats are the only exception from the previous statement as they have a proved hazardous effect on our health. When it comes to saturated and unsaturated fats or plant based and animal based fats the science behind that is pretty much messed up. So my advice for you is that you should try to use as less concentrated fats as possible (oil, butter…) and take in your dietary fats in form of whole foods (nuts, seeds, etc.) And if you need to use oil then olive oil is probably the best choice since it is used for many years, as long as I know no one has died from olive oil, and there are a lot of studies that show its positive health benefits.

To sum up: cholesterol is not the main cause of your cardiovascular disease, instead of trying to fight against it, go and look out for the primary reason that is damaging your blood vessels.

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