One of the most controversial topics among diabetics (and others who have been told that they need to “get your cholesterol down”), is this one! This usually occurs when vegetarian diabetics want to eat low-carb and find that eggs are a primary source of protein. The message that “cholesterol is bad, and if you have high cholesterol you should take a statin to lower it” is out-of-date and not in sync with the most recent scientific evidence.
“The traditional view of cholesterol and heart disease is backwards. New research shows that cholesterol seems to be a symptom of heart disease, not a cause. High levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL), traditionally called ‘bad cholesterol,’ is actually a good thing, especially if you’re on a high-fat, low-carb diet. Inflammation damages arterial walls and contributes to cardiovascular problems. Cholesterol is the repair molecule that comes in and tries to fix the damage. You should be more concerned about inflammation, not high cholesterol.”
For most people, dietary cholesterol does not matter. The body makes most of your cholesterol and it does not come from dietary cholesterol.
The most comprehensive look at cholesterol is the book, Cholesterol Clarity: What The HDL Is Wrong With My Numbers? by Jimmy Moore and Eric C. Westman, MD. This book will “spell it out in simple English and tell you what, if anything, you need to do to improve your heart and overall health.”
DISCLAIMER: If your doctor has prescribed a statin medication for the purpose of lowering your cholesterol, do not stop taking it without consulting with your doctor or other qualified health care practitioner.
Brooks, Spencer. “Everything You Know About Cholesterol Is Wrong,” Bulletproof (September 4, 2018). https://blog.bulletproof.com/what-is-cholesterol/ (accessed on 8/2/2020).
The traditional view of cholesterol and heart disease is backwards. New research shows that cholesterol seems to be a symptom of heart disease, not a cause. High levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL), traditionally called “bad cholesterol,” is actually a good thing, especially if you’re on a high-fat, low-carb diet. Inflammation is what damages arterial walls and contributes to cardiovascular problems. Cholesterol is the repair molecule that comes in and tries to fix the damage. You should be more concerned about inflammation, not high cholesterol.
McDonell, Kayla, RD. “Why Dietary Cholesterol Does Not Matter (For Most People),” Healthline (September 26, 2019). https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/dietary-cholesterol-does-not-matter (accessed on 8/2/2020).
This article inspects the current research on dietary cholesterol and the role it plays in blood cholesterol levels and heart disease.
Moore, Jimmy, and Eric C. Westman, MD. Cholesterol Clarity: What The HDL Is Wrong With My Numbers? Las Vegas: Victory Belt Publishing, 2013. https://www.amazon.com/Cholesterol-Clarity-What-Wrong-Numbers-ebook/dp/B00ESMDGE8/
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