Cholesterol is a lot like any other health topic.
There are lots of varying opinions out there!
And it's frustrating and confusing when you're trying to figure out who REALLY knows what they're talking about and which opinion/facts/study are the most unbiased and make the most sense.
I got an email today that I had to share with you that's about this very topic.
It's from Vic and this is the email he sent in…
I doubt that you will reply to this email privately because you obviously believe that it is good to try to lower one's LDL level. For the same reason I don't believe you will admit publicly to having received this email and take on the following assertion publicly. I recently read the book "The Great Cholesterol Con" which no doubt you know and it made a lot of sense to me. I believe the author agrees with you about statins but what I'd like to hear from you about privately and publicly is the assertion in that book that high levels of LDL in the over seventies have been shown actually to protect them and to lengthen life for this age group. I look forward to your reply with great interest.
With kind regards
Below is my response:
I have no problem addressing this topic.
There are all sorts of studies and “findings” that are made to look a certain way. Or are somehow biased in how they’re set-up and run.
Probably the most famous example I can give you is the study that shows that aspirin helps prevent heart attacks.
Yes, aspirin was in the study.
Yes, heart attacks went down.
And YES, magnesium was also a BIG part of that survey and most experts believe it was magnesium, not aspirin, that did all the “work”.
Frankly, I don’t know the ‘insider’ specifics of the study you’re referring to here. But I’d like to make you aware of 3 of my thoughts regarding this…
1. High LDL levels combined with high HDL levels would be preferred over low levels of each.
2. High levels of LDL with a low HDL is a recipe for serious artery damage.
3. Any cholesterol profile is preferred to using statin drugs.
On one hand, I think info like what’s in this book is misleading people into a false sense of security.
On the other hand, if it gets people away from those drugs … hip,hip, hooray.
Here’s the thing I want you to think about…
Think about the foods you eat that cause high LDL. I’m talking about the foods that REALLY cause high LDL, NOT the ones you’re being TOLD cause high LDL (Hint: I eat 2 eggs almost every day!)
Foods like processed and fried foods among others. Those things cause LDL to go up. Period. If anyone wants to dispute that … they’re WRONG.
Do you think you should keep eating those foods …. in your seventies or otherwise … to be as strong, energetic and heart-healthy as you want to be?
Or do you think avoiding unnatural "fake" foods in favor of all-natural foods (foods known to lower LDL) makes more sense?
Any other thoughts or opinions out there?
Chime in with a comment below…