High cholesterol and heart disease
Cholesterol has gotten a bad rap over the last several decades; however it is one of the most important molecules in your body. It is found in every cell in your body, not just the bloodstream. It helps produce hormones like estrogen, testosterone and progesterone. It helps produce bile acids to digest fats. It helps produce cell membranes and insulates nerve cells. In your skin, it is transformed by sunlight into vitamin D. It is important for brain health and helps you form memories.
It’s important to realize that the conventional view that cholesterol causes heart disease was based on seriously flawed research right from the start. Total cholesterol tells you virtually nothing about your health risk. Dr. Frank Lipman states that cholesterol-lowering drugs are not required or prudent for the majority of people — especially if high cholesterol and longevity run in your family.
If your doctor tells you your cholesterol is too high based on the standard lipid profile, getting a more complete picture is important — especially if you have a family history of heart disease or other risk factors. The following test will provide a more accurate picture of your heart disease risk than total cholesterol alone:
The results of these tests should allow you to make better and more customized treatment decisions. This is especially important when it comes to the deciding if medication is necessary. The list of side effects for statins is long, and the benefits are debatable.
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