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In Your Face Doc!

The Problem Isn’t Cholesterol … It’s the WRONG KIND – and OXIDATION – of Cholesterol
Posted on March 31, 2012 by WashingtonsBlog

Cholesterol Itself Isn’t the Problem

While doctors have assumed for decades that high cholesterol causes heart disease and other health problems – and that lowering cholesterol is the way to fight disease – they have apparently missed the boat.

For example, the Journal of the American Medical Association published a study in 1987 finding no no correlation between cholesterol levels and mortality in people over 50. The study also found that falling cholesterol levels can sometimes lead to increased mortality. A large government study found that raising levels of HDL “good” cholesterol using a drug did not reduce the risk of heart disease. The Journal of Cardiac Failure reported that low serum total cholesterol is associated with marked increase in mortality in advanced heart failure. Similarly, the Journal Lancet reported that reductions in the cholesterol level of the elderly increased mortality. Other studies have reached the same conclusion.

It is also important to have a reality check: cholesterol is actually a vital precursor to vitamin D, and to basic hormones such as testosterone, estrogen, and adrenaline. If we don’t have enough cholesterol in our body, we will be sickly, impotent and depressed.
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