Scientists have discovered 21 genes associated with high cholesterol levels.
As Anna Hodgekiss reports, take a guess as to what are they planning on doing with this research?
Researchers say their findings expand the list of potential targets for drugs and other treatments for heart disease caused by high cholesterol, a leading global cause of death and disability.
Ahhh, just what we need … to "expand the list of potential targets for drugs".
This of course could help fuel two raging fires…
1) The need for drug companies to target more potential patients to sell drugs to.
2) The need for so many patients to blame something or someone else for their problems.
I'm getting ready to step on some toes here.
But someone has to say this stuff from time-to-time. Here goes…
I'm a little tired of people trying to blame everything on genetics.
Most people … at least in the U.S. … eat like crap.
And we are extremely sedentary. Sitting at our desks at work. Sitting and watching TV at night.
We whine about going to the gym or even going for a walk.
We "dine" at drive-thru's and vending machines because it's convenient and saves us time.
But as long we get low-fat and reduced-calories of our favorite foods …at least we're making good, healthy choices and doing what we can, right?
And to think these poor diet and lifestyle choices aren't the issue, but that we were simply genetically predisposed to being overweight or having high cholesterol?
Please don't take what I'm trying to say here to an extreme. Because I'm not saying genetics isn't a big part of who you are and what you will become.
But I don't like the idea of blaming it on genetics and using that as a crutch to say, "see there's nothing I can do about it."
Sure, you may have something in your genes that's holding you back a little compared to your healthy neighbor. But then again … are you eating as healthy and getting as much physical activity as your healthy neighbor?
Case in point…
Obesity and heart disease runs rampant in my Dad's family. Both his parents. All 4 of his siblings. Even my cousins.
But no problems at all in either area for me or my Dad. Are we just "lucky" that we didn't get the same set of genes?
Or are we "lucky" because we have always been more physically active and ate much healthier diets than anyone else in the family?
I know the history of diet and lifestyle in my family. I know the choices that Dad and I made, and continue to make, are far different than my uncles and cousins and grandparents.
Yes, genetics are important and help shape a good portion of who we are.
But I'm telling you, you can do something about it!
And more often than not, it's not even about trying harder either.
A common theme I hear a lot goes something like this…
"I've cut out almost all fats from my diet and my doctor still isn't happy with my cholesterol. Why bother?"
Well, for one thing … fats don't cause a cholesterol problem. Not healthy fats. Never have, never will.
So instead of "trying harder" and cutting out even more fat from your diet (which, by the way, is terrible for your brain), why not try smarter and start cutting out foods that cause high cholesterol instead.
Granted, there's a lot of misconceptions and flat-out lies floating around out there about what does and doesn't cause a cholesterol problem. That's why the only way to try smarter is to know the truth.
That's a big reason why I started the daily email tips .. so you don't have to go about this alone. You can sign-up below and see for yourself how easy this can be … if you go about it the right way and if you're ready to take ownership and say, "there is something I can do about this".