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 The message that “cholesterol is bad, and if you have high cholesterol you should take a statin to lower it” is out-of-date and not in sync with the most recent scientific evidence.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.

References

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/

Cholesterol: Friend Or Foe?
https://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/know-your-fats/cholesterol-friend-or-foe/

Cholesterol Is Finally Officially Removed From ‘Naughty’ List
https://uk.style.yahoo.com/blogs/icymi/cholesterol-is-finally-officially-removed-from–naughty–list-122559246.html

Cholesterol is NOT The Rival: It’s inflammation that’s making you fat and killing you slowly
https://www.naturalnewsblogs.com/cholesterol-rival-inflammation-thats-making-fat-killing-slowly/

Cholesterol, the mind, and the brain
https://www.health.harvard.edu/newsletter_article/cholesterol-the-mind-and-the-brain

Cholesterol: Your Body is Incapable of Making Hormones Without It
https://metabolichealing.com/cholesterol-your-body-is-incapable-of-making-hormones-without-it/

Exploring the Factors That Affect Blood Cholesterol and Heart Disease Risk: Is Dietary Cholesterol as Bad for You as History Leads Us to Believe?
https://academic.oup.com/advances/article/3/5/711/4591584

How to lower your cholesterol
Using diet to keep your doctor off your back
https://proteinpower.com/drmike/2017/07/25/how-to-lower-your-cholesterol/

Ketogenic Lifestyle Rule #3: Be BOLD or Be Italic, but never be Regular: Why Size Matters with Cholesterol
https://www.docmuscles.com/ketogenic-lifestyle-rule-3-be-bold-or-be-italic-but-never-be-regular-why-size-matters-with-cholesterol/

LDL Cholesterol, Blood Clots, and the Atkins Diet
https://kickincarbclutter.blogspot.com/2012/08/ldl-cholesterol-blood-clots-and-atkins.html

Lipoprotein Particle Testing™
https://www.spectracell.com/clinicians/products/lpp/

Low Brain Cholesterol—Separating Fact from Fiction
How statin drugs and plant-based diets actually affect your mental health
https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/diagnosis-diet/201709/low-brain-cholesterol-separating-fact-fiction

New Research Confirms We Got Cholesterol All Wrong
https://reason.com/archives/2018/09/22/new-research-confirms-we-got-cholesterol

Nine ways to increase your HDL cholesterol level
https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/318598.php

The cardiovascular risk reduction benefits of a low-carbohydrate diet outweigh the potential increase in LDL-cholesterol
https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/british-journal-of-nutrition/article/cardiovascular-risk-reduction-benefits-of-a-lowcarbohydrate-diet-outweigh-the-potential-increase-in-ldlcholesterol/F7C1ED309DECEB78451BA85ABBCBB598/core-reader#

The Cholesterol Controversy – The Biggest Lie Ever Perpetrated On The American Public!
https://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/kosloff13.htm

The Cholesterol Myth
https://www.drberg.com/blog/the-cholesterol-myth

The Cholesterol Myth
https://mariamindbodyhealth.com/the-cholesterol-myth/

The Cholesterol Myth That Could Be Harming Your Health
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/dr-mercola/the-cholesterol-myth-that_b_676817.html

The Cholesterol Numbers Doctors Should Measure
https://www.drsinatra.com/the-cholesterol-numbers-doctors-should-measure

The Functional Medicine Approach to High Cholesterol
https://chriskresser.com/functional-medicine-approach-to-high-cholesterol/

The Ketogenic Cholesterol Quandry
OCTOBER 6, 2017
Dr. Adam Nally
Saturated fat is NOT linked to vascular disease, diabetes, or increased mortality.
https://www.docmuscles.com/the-ketogenic-cholesterol-quandry/

The Ketogenic Diet and Cholesterol
https://www.ruled.me/the-ketogenic-diet-and-cholesterol/#

The Secrets in Your Triglycerides [6:11]
Of the four measures available on any standard cholesterol blood panel, triglycerides are the most neglected. Yet that one value contains a wealth of information and insight into your health.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xg0ZeDvNYZg&feature=youtu.be

The Triglyceride/HDL Cholesterol Ratio
https://www.docsopinion.com/2014/07/17/triglyceride-hdl-ratio/

This Blood Test FAR More Important than Cholesterol in Determining How Old You Look
https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2011/12/17/blood-test-more-important-than-cholesterol-in-determining-how-old-you-look.aspx

What Is the Difference Between an LDL-P Particle Test and LDL Value?
https://healthyeating.sfgate.com/difference-between-ldlp-particle-test-ldl-value-9409.html

Why butter and eggs won’t kill us after all: Flawed science triggers U-turn on cholesterol fears
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3096634/Why-butter-eggs-won-t-kill-Flawed-science-triggers-U-turn-cholesterol-fears.html

Why Cholesterol is Not Bad
https://paleoleap.com/cholesterol-is-not-bad/

Why Doctors Finally Called A Truce On Cholesterol in Food
https://blog.bulletproof.com/why-doctors-finally-called-a-truce-on-cholesterol-in-food/

Your Brain Needs Cholesterol
https://www.drperlmutter.com/brain-needs-cholesterol/


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