Shocking Truth About The High Cholesterol Diet-Heart Link

Choleterol MythsThe great tragedy of Science — the slaying of a beautiful hypothesis by an ugly fact.
Thomas Huxley (1825-1895)

The following information about high cholesterol diet and the cholesterol diet-heart idea is taken directly from an excellent book “The Cholesterol Myths” – Exposing the Fallacy That Saturated Fat and Cholesterol Cause Heart Disease – by Uffe Ravnskov, MD, PhD

I will be sharing  more about this subject and book in upcoming articles.

Did you know……

  • that cholesterol is not a deadly poison, but a substance vital to the cells of all mammals? that your body produces three to four times more cholesterol than you eat?
  • that this production increases when you eat only small amounts of cholesterol and decreases when you eat large amounts?
  • that the “prudent” diet, low in saturated fat and cholesterol, cannot lower your cholesterol  more than a small percentage?
  • that the only effective way to lower cholesterol is with drugs?
  • that many of the cholesterol-lowering drugs are dangerous to your health and may  shorten your life?
  • that the new cholesterol-lowering drugs, called statins, do lower heart-disease mortality, but this is because of effects other than cholesterol lowering? Unfortunately, they also stimulate cancer, at least in rodents.
  • that you may become aggressive or suicidal if you lower your cholesterol too much?
  • that polyunsaturated fatty acids, those which are claimed to prevent heart attacks, stimulate infections and cancer in rats?
  • that if you eat too much polyunsaturated oil you will age faster than normal? You will see this on the outside as wrinkled skin. You can’t see the effects of premature aging on the inside of your body, but you will certainly feel them.
  • that too much polyunsaturated oil may provoke atherosclerosis?
  • that people whose blood cholesterol is low develop just as many plaques in their blood vessels as people whose cholesterol is high?
  • that more than thirty studies of more than 150,000 individuals have shown that people who have had a heart attack haven’t eaten more saturated fat or less polyunsaturated oil than other people?
  • that old women with high cholesterol live longer than old women with low cholesterol?
  • that many of these facts have been presented in scientific journals and books for decades but proponents of the diet-heart hypothesis never tell them to the public?
  • that the diet-heart idea and the cholesterol campaign create immense prosperity for research, doctors, drug producers and the food industry?

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The elevated cholesterol level risks of being obese

Most people are mindful of the hazards that being over weight can present. The majority of us have been given facts on how being overweight can badly harm our bodies. Much of the information regarding overweight and poor health typically revolves about the danger to internal organs. And when we speak about internal bodily functions, on the list of major risks in being over weight is the development of high cholesterol.

Cholesterol is a major part of adipose in the blood. It is carried by proteins, a kind of which is referred to as low-density lipoproteins (LDL). Low-density lipoproteins are commonly known as bad cholesterol due to its correlation with blood vessel disorders. The more bad cholesterol you have in your blood, the more you at risk of getting cardiovascular diseases, such as cardiac illnesses and cerebrovascular accident.

High LDL levels can be an inherited trait, but are more likely to be brought about by diet. People who eat foods heavy in saturated fats in particular are more inclined to have higher LDL levels than people who consume only moderate or small amounts of saturated fats. Despite the fact that having excess weight does not automatically mean you get it from fatty foods, after a while continuous consumption of these foods will result to weight gain. And it doesn’t matter if the cause of weight gain is from fatty foods or not, those who are fat usually have more bad cholesterol than their slimmer counterparts.

Overweight people often don’t have enough HDL (high-density lipoprotein), or what is referred to as good cholesterol and their triglycerides are often too high. They may also have an abundance of bad cholesterol. In addition, being overweight raises the chances of getting hypertension and diabetes, which are both linked with cardiac problems.

People who are obese are suggested to have their cholesterol levels checked, and for them to stay on a healthy diet, more exercise, and to take anti-bad cholesterol medicines.

Weight loss if you are fat can reduce bad cholesterol levels and is particularly vital to those who have high levels of triglycerides, low levels of good cholesterol, and those whose waist measurements are bigger than 40 inches for males and bigger than 35 inches for females.

Pursue weight loss if necessary. Losing just 5 lbs to 10 lbs (2.3 kg to 4.5 kg) can lower your cholesterol and triglycerides. Weight loss can prevent hypertension as well.

Daily exercise is advised to everybody. It can help raise HDL and lower LDL and is especially important for those with high triglyceride and/or low HDL levels.

Your body weight is decided by a combination of factors as well, such as your diet and your lifestyle. Being too fat might possibly encourage heart and circulatory problems when your body mass index is more than what is normal; 32% for females and 25% for males.

Putting on the weight thanks to bulkier muscles caused by weight-lifting and eating plenty of protein foods does not necessarily lead to cholesterol issues, always provided that these are lean proteins.

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