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Understanding Cholesterol
Understanding Cholesterol

 the relationship between cholesterol and health


Here are some points I make in the workshop:

  1. Cholesterol is not a deadly poison, but a substance that you need to be healthy. High cholesterol itself does not cause heart disease.
  2. People who have low blood cholesterol have the same rates of heart disease as people who have high blood cholesterol.
  3. The cholesterol found in your blood comes from two sources: cholesterol in food that you eat and cholesterol that your liver makes from other nutrients.

The amount of cholesterol that your liver produces varies according to how much cholesterol you eat. If you eat a lot of cholesterol, your liver produces less. If you don't eat much cholesterol, your liver produces more. This is why a low cholesterol diet does not typically decrease a person's blood cholesterol by more than a few percent.

  1. Drugs that solely lower your cholesterol do not decrease your risk of dying from heart disease, nor do they increase your lifespan. These drugs pose dangers to your health and may decrease your lifespan.
  2. The newer cholesterol-lowering drugs - called statins - do reduce your risk of heart disease, but through mechanisms that are not related to lower blood cholesterol. And alarmingly, statins like lipitor mevacor, zocor, pravachol, and lescol are known to stimulate cancer in rodents.


What about HDL and LDL?
Well, here are some facts about LDL and HDL that the majority of my patients are surprised to learn:

  • LDL and HDL are not types of cholesterol. (1)
  • LDL and HDL are lipoproteins that transport cholesterol through your blood circulatory system.
  • LDL stands for Low Density Lipoprotein, and HDL stands for High Density Lipoprotein.
  • LDL is often mistakenly thought of as being bad cholesterol because it carries cholesterol to your arteries.
  • HDL is often mistakenly referred to as good cholesterol because it carries cholesterol away from your arteries (to your liver).
  • LDL and HDL carry the same cholesterol.


See also: Fats for Life and Fat Triggers

North Adams Chiropractor | Understanding Cholesterol. Dr. Francine Lajoie is a North Adams Chiropractor.