Erroneous information often repeated even by doctors and dieticians only makes patients confused. Is it a deliberate action of pharmaceutical companies, which earn on drugs? Or is it simply a society that is uninformed about cholesterol?
Good and bad cholesterol
Associating cholesterol with circulatory system diseases is one of the biggest myths. It is hard to find scientific evidence confirming this thesis. The problem is also nomenclature. The form of cholesterol transported to blood is colloquially called “cholesterol”, i.e. the so-called lipoproteins, which contain cholesterol. We distinguish two forms of these lipoproteins: low density lipoproteins LDL, called the “bad” cholesterol and high density lipoproteins HDL, called the “good” cholesterol. However, this is a conventional division.
High or low?
According to doctors, the total amount of cholesterol in blood should not exceed 200 mg/dl. It is a conventional value and often hard to obtain, even by people who use tablets that artificially lower the level of cholesterol. It turns out that natural and healthy level of cholesterol increases with age, reaching even 350 ml/dl after the age of 40. Certainly, general diagnostics, other tests and a healthy lifestyle are important here, as after one test it is hard to determine the patient’s condition. It is important that the amount of cholesterol in blood is the indicator of the organism’s vitality. Physically active and healthy people often have higher cholesterol level and people dealing with depression, suicides or autistic children have lower level of cholesterol. The most recent studies confirm that people with high LDL live longer and taking statins, i.e. drugs artificially decreasing the level of cholesterol leads to shortening life and ruins health.
Diet and cholesterol?
Limit fats, meat and eggs. These are the main recommendations of doctors, who apart from the advice regarding diet also prescribe drugs lowering cholesterol for long-lasting application. It is one of the biggest myths, because, as I’ve already mentioned, diet has moderate influence on the level of cholesterol and if we follow the above recommendations we may do more harm than good. Eggs, meat or animal fats don’t have negative influence on cholesterol level.
The biggest cholesterol myths!
Let’s repeat once again: the amount of cholesterol in our diet has little to do with the amount of cholesterol in blood – we may eat as many eggs as we like. Moreover, the total amount of fat is not essential, but the kind of fat we eat is crucial (grease – yes, margarine – no!). If we really want to make some associations with a diet, sugar and carbs may have some influence on cholesterol level.
Currently there are no studies that would confirm the effectiveness of statins in healthy women with high cholesterol level and similarly in case of elderly people after the age of 69. Quite the contrary. Constant application of drugs for decreasing cholesterol level shortens life. As it turns out, more than 75% of people who have had a heart attack also had normal cholesterol level and the majority of patients admitted to hospitals with coronary artery disease had low LDL level.
Constant application of statins shortens life, inhibits the production of coenzyme Q10, which is one of the strongest antioxidants. It deepens oxidative stress and accelerates aging processes and the development of civilization diseases. Taking drugs that decrease cholesterol level influences vital powers, well-being and mental aspects as well as the development of many diseases, including cancers. Statins cause diabetes, problems with muscles and the nervous system. Apart from the unconfirmed effects, they also entail many side-effects. Therefore, we should answer the question ourselves if we decide to take such drugs or not.