Does Cholesterol Cause Heart Disease?

After posting the article on apples and statins, I decided to do some more research and came up with this!

Does Cholesterol Causes Heart Disease?

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The Cholesterol Myth

by Raymond Francis

Cholesterol does not cause heart disease.

The French have the highest average cholesterol in Europe, around 250, but the lowest incidence of heart disease and half the heart attacks we have here in the U.S.

In Crete, the home of the healthy Mediterranean diet, a 10-year study failed to find a single heart attack despite average cholesterol levels well over 200.

There are as many heart attacks in people with cholesterol levels over 300 as those whose levels are under 200. Half of all heart attacks occur in people with normal cholesterol levels.

Lowering cholesterol does not improve health outcomes.

In those cases where cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins appear to have had a beneficial effect, it is because they act as weak anti-inflammatories, and inflammation does cause heart disease.

But there are much safer and more effective ways of addressing inflammation than using dangerous statin drugs.

Why then are more than 20 million Americans taking a statin drug to lower their cholesterol?

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Cholesterol – The Good – The Bad – And What Is Healthy

A Short Recap About Good And Bad Cholesterol

Cholesterol - The Good - The Bad - And What Is Healthy

There are basically two kinds of cholesterol HDL and LDL.

HDL (high density lipoprotein) is a very beneficial cholesterol because it carries the fat through the blood and prevents it from being deposited on the arteries.

Bad cholesterol is known as LDL or low density lipoprotein, and it’s quite often brought on by poor eating habits and stress.

But age, gender, and genetics also play an important role, along with weight, diet and activity level.

Elevated LDL causes fatty deposits to accumulate on arteries and blood vessels and this restricts the movement of blood, which in turn causes high blood pressure.

High blood pressure can lead to coronary heart disease, which is often a precursor to heart attacks and/or strokes.

Cholesterol And Diet

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