The Cholesterol Lie

I’ve maintained this position for years, and that’s as a former pharma sales rep who sold the leading statin.. With a sales quota in excess of $30 million annually.

From Deane Alban:

Cholesterol Doesn’t Cause Heart Disease

Cholesterol causes heart disease — this is one of the biggest health myths of all time! Conventional “wisdom” tells us to eat a low fat diet and avoid saturated fat for our hearts. Yet, people who follow a diet high in protein and fat and low in carbohydrates aren’t dropping dead of heart attacks.
Numerous studies have definitely proven that there is no correlation between saturated fat consumption and heart disease. Considering how popular this theory is, it’s pretty shocking!
High fat diets lead to lowering of triglycerides, normalization of LDL (bad cholesterol), and an increase in LDL particle size, which is a good thing — we’ll explain shortly.

The landmark Lyon Diet Heart Study followed 650 participants who were at extreme risk for heart attacks. They were overweight, sedentary, smoked, and had high cholesterol levels — the works.
Half were put on a Mediterranean diet and half were put on what was called a “prudent” diet recommended by the American Heart Association. The study was halted before it was done because it was deemed unethical.

Why?

People on the Mediterranean diet stopped dying even though their cholesterol levels didn’t budge. However so many more people on the AHA diet were dying, researchers felt it was unethical to continue putting people at risk on this diet!

One test that seems to provide good information about your risk for heart disease is to measure LDL particle size. Large LDL molecules just move through the blood stream, doing no harm. But small LDL molecules are caused by oxidation and are dangerous. They embed themselves on artery walls, causing inflammation, and leading to plaque development.

Your HDL and LDL numbers are not a good predictor of heart disease, but what is? Two important markers are your small particle LDL and your ratio of triglycerides to HDL.
For example, if your triglyceride level is 100 and your HDL is 50, this gives you a ratio of 2. A ratio of 2 or under is good. If this ratio is higher than that, you can lower your triglycerides fairly easily by reducing sugar in your diet.

High cholesterol is not the cause of heart disease. Here are some of the worst culprits that do contribute to heart disease:

High cholesterol is not the cause of heart disease. Here are some of the worst culprits that do contribute to heart disease:
Inflammation promotes every degenerative disease. It causes microinjuries to your arteries, causing plaque formation.
Free radicals attack LDL turning it from large (safe) to small (harmful) particle LDL.
Sugar is highly inflammatory, promoting plaque formation. It also increases stress hormones.
Trans fats increase bad cholesterol, decrease good cholesterol, increase inflammation, and raise triglycerides.
Stress increases blood pressure. In fact, blood pressure is a measure of stress applied to artery walls.

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