My waist and pant size increased when I ate low-fat food full of chains of carbohydrate sugars, glucose, fructose, lactose & galactose. And when searching for ways to improve the quality of my DNA, I found that the quality of fats mattered, plus, that cholesterol is essential for my brain to be healthy. I’ve listed more than 8 evidenced-based high cholesterol myths vs facts. Have a read and see what you think?
According to the WHO, the leading cause of death for the last 15 years is Ischemic heart disease and Stroke. A total of 15.2 million deaths happened in 2016. LOOK at this World Health Organisation graph showing heart (Ischemic) disease and strokes as the leading cause of death globally.
MYTH 1: This Standard Heart Health Medical Advice Saves Your Life
Why does the WHO 2016 graph, list Ischaemic heart disease & Stoke as the leading cause of death? Does the following advice reduce your risk of developing heart health problems?
Here is a list of the standard medical treatment for heart health problems:
- #1. Cholesterol-Lowering medication (statins)
- #2. High Blood pressure medication
- #3. Low-fat, high carbohydrate, diets
- #4. Diet recommendations include – cereals & grains (unrefined), fruits & juice, starchy vegetables, omega-6 vegetables oils
- #5 Operations
Why are heart disease and stroke the leading cause of death? Are the above remedies your best options?
MYTH 2: High Cholesterol is Linked to Heart Health Problems and Strokes
FACT 2: Inflammation Triggers Heart Illness Development Says Research from the US National Library of Medicine in 2018
“Inflammation is a biological response of the immune system that can be triggered by a variety of factors, including pathogens (harmful bugs), damaged cells, and toxic compounds. These factors may induce acute (sudden), and/ or chronic (unresolved) inflammatory responses in the heart, pancreas, liver, kidney, lung, brain, intestinal tract, and reproductive system leading to damage or disease.”
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?
This means inflammation is a natural response of your immune system. Inflammation can be triggered by many things which include: bacteria, fungi, bugs, cut or hurt parts of the body, toxic substances, too much glucose & fructose from the huge carbohydrate families of plants, plus too much omega-6 polyunsaturated vegetable seed fat & oils in your diet. When acute inflammation is unable to be healed by the body’s immune system and is suppressed by anti-inflammatory medical drugs, this becomes chronic-inflammation or unresolved-inflammation.
This 2018 research found that chronic-inflammation triggers happen inside the organs of your body. Here is their list of 8 organs:
- Inside your heart
- Inside your pancreas
- Inside your liver
- Inside your kidneys
- Inside your lung
- Inside your brain
- Inside your intestinal tract
- Inside your sex and reproductive organs
Unresolved chronic inflammation starts as very small damage that is so small, that is can only be seen under a powerful microscope. It starts when your immune system is unable to fix acute inflammation. This becomes systemic body-wide chronic-inflammation or unresolved-inflammation.
MYTH 3: The Higher Your Cholesterol the Sooner You Die of Heart Health Problems
FACT 3: The US National Library of Medicine says There Are Many Ways Low Cholesterol Levels Harm Your Health
#3.1 For Men Your Prostate Cancer Risk Increases
Prostate cancer risk increases if you have low-cholesterol, carry out a high level of physical fitness plus your BMI (body-mass-index) is low.
#3.2 Strokes Risk Increases Says Studies of 1,430,141 people
Your risk of having a stroke, or bleeding inside your brain increases: When your LDL or ‘bad-cholesterol’ levels are low.
This 2013 review of 23 studies involving 1,430,141 people found that when their LDL, low-density lipoproteins, or ‘bad cholesterol’ was low, more people had strokes.
#3.3 Cancer Tumors Increase in Size
Research – has found that cholesterol-lowering medication is linked to tumors increasing in size, when they are already present in your body.
#3.4 Cancer Risk Increases with Low-Cholesterol Levels
A 1988 – study of 39,268 men and women aged 15-99 years were cancer-free at the start of this 10-year study.
It was found that those with low-cholesterol levels had an increased occurrence of cancer.
#3.5 Low Total Cholesterol Lower Than 189mg/dl (4.9mmol/L) Signals Rapidly Declining Health in Elderly
#3.6 Low Total Cholesterol Indicates Higher Death Rate
#3.7 Low Total Cholesterol Levels Increase Risk of Parkinson Disease
High total cholesterol levels protected the brain of the 6465 people aged over 55 years who took place in the Rotterdam Study. The Oxford Academic American Journal of Epidemiology 2006 carried out this study.
Everybody was examined – then they were all re-examined 9.4 years later. It was discovered that higher total cholesterol levels, were associated with a lower number of the women members of the group developing Parkinson’s disease. Here are the surprising findings of the Rotterdam study:
LOW TOTAL CHOLESTEROL LEVELS INCREASED PARKINSON RISK:
BELOW 6.1 mmol/L (110 mg/dl) INCREASED Parkinson risk by 58%
BETWEEN 6.1 – 6.8 mmol/L (110 – 122 mg/dl) INCREASED Parkinson risk by 46%
BETWEEN 6.8 – 7.0 mmol/L (122 – 126 mg/dl) INCREASED Parkinson risk by 16%
#3.8 Low Total Cholesterol Linked to Depression and Anxiety in Women
Low triglycerides and low total cholesterol are linked to increased rates of depression in healthy young women this 1999 research found.
#3.9 Low cholesterol levels are link to depression and suicide in male war veterans
4500 US – war veterans were studied for 15 years. Researchers found that the men with depression and low total cholesterol were 7 more times likely to die prematurely of an accident or suicide than the other men in the study.
MYTH 4: High-Cholesterol Blocks Your Arteries
When inflammation is unable to be repaired or unresolved, it turns into harmful reactions and becomes chronic inflammation. This repeats and over stimulates damaging mechanisms, which triggers the start of the formation of atherosclerotic lesions (damage to the internal walls of your arteries).
What happens inside your arteries when silent inflammation is at work?
Your blood vessel walls get thicker
This thickness means the inside size gets smaller
Plaques start to grow and gradually get bigger
Plaques make blood clots which get into your bloodstream and cause blockages
MYTH 5: Saturated-Fat Is Harmful
This landmark systemic review and meta-analysis of observational studies showed NO link between saturated fat and death from hearth health problems!
This research found that:
“Saturated fat does not clog or block arteries”
The inflammatory process inside your body, itself, contributes to cholesterol being put within the artery wall – this process is called atherosclerosis, – or body-wide inflammation or systemic inflammation that develops within the blood vessel or artery walls. A paradigm shift of understanding heart health problems was called for.
“Saturated fats are not correctly linked with increased heart disease risk,”
Google here on October 10 2019, before they get a chance to alter it!
MYTH 6: Polyunsaturated Omega-6 Oils Are Healthy Options
FACT 6: Diet Increases in Polyunsaturated Omega-6 to Omega-3 Ratio from 1:1 to More Than 15:1 is Linked to Inflammatory Problems
“Dietary fat changes over the past few decades in the intake of omega-6 and omega-3 polyunsaturated fats show a striking increase in the omega-6 to omega-3 ratio (-15:1)”. This means, when you eat more omega-6 compared to omega-3 polyunsaturated fats, they are used by your body as ingredients. When vital families of communicating regulators (the eicosanoids and the prostaglandins), are made with omega-6 polyunsaturated fats, they trigger inflammation and become pro-inflammatory. “Coinciding with this increase in the ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 are increases in chronic inflammatory diseases such as heart disease, obesity, inflammatory bowel disease (IBS), rheumatoid arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease, and non-alcoholic fatty liver” says the US National Library of Medicine in 2012.
If you want to learn about the omega-6 imbalances, author and investigative journalist has helped me understand WHAT has happened to the fats in our food.
The Real Food Politics by Nina Teicholz
Nina’s book, ‘The Big Fat Surprise’ is available on Amazon
MYTH 7: Blood Pressure Lowering Medication Effectively Treats High Blood Pressure
FACT 7: Blood Pressure Lowering Medical Drugs Don’t Repair Your Arteries Hidden Problems
Medical research shows that despite medical drugs achieving normal blood pressure numbers, the silent damage happening inside your blood vessel walls is not reduced or healed. Plus, they don’t protect your arteries from becoming hard and stiff, says the US National Library of Medicine in 2014.
Here is the headline of this research finding:
“Treatment of hypertension and metabolic syndrome: lowering blood pressure is not enough for organ protection, new approach-arterial de-stiffening”.
MYTH 8: Cholesterol-Lowering Medication (Statin) is 100% Safe and Do Not Effect Testosterone Levels
The FACT that cholesterol is the parent ingredient of the hormones, testosterone, progesterone & estrogen is seemingly forgotten. If you want to know how both male and female sex hormones are made, look at the diagrams & images in: What is cholesterol made of in the body? Evidence-based side-effects from cholesterol-lowering drugs on men can be read about here. And an evidence-based understanding of cholesterol can be found here.
FACT 8 a: An Increased Risk of Prostate Cancer is the Side-Effect for men on Cholesterol-Lowering Medication – Insurance Database Found
An Insurance database found men on Statins had an increased risk of Prostate Cancer the US National Library of Medicine reported in 2011.
The cholesterol-lowering medication from the Statin family is linked to prostate cancer in this research conducted in 2011 by the Taiwan National Health Insurance Database. They found that those medicated with statins (cholesterol-lowering medication) had the following serious health outcomes:
- Patients prescribed a statin had a higher risk of getting prostate cancer, compared to those with NO cholesterol-lowering medication
- Patients who were prescribed more doses of statins had a bigger risk of getting prostate cancer
The age of patients studied was aged 50 years or more. This was the first time this group of men was diagnosed with prostate cancer. The timeframe was between the years 2005 and 2008.
FACT 8 b: Testis Shrinkage May May Be a Cholesterol-Lowering Drug Side-Effect-2008 & 2010 Findings
The 2008 Research Findings:
Low-testosterone levels may be linked to a high level of testis shrinkage (hypogonadism) in men with type 2 diabetes. Cholesterol-lowering drugs called Statins can potentially decrease testosterone levels by reducing the availability of cholesterol for making androgen’s, the steroid hormone compound that makes testosterone. Diabetes Care research found and published in Us National Library of Medicine in 2008.
Are you unaware that cholesterol is the parent ingredient of both male and female sex hormones? Then it is time to re-wire your brain! READ about the evidence which is supported by diagrams & images in: What is cholesterol made of in the body?
The 2010 Research Findings:
Has your age been blamed as the reason you’ve noticed your testis, have decreased in size?
This 2010 research by the US National Library of Medicine found the use of statin drugs to lower-cholesterol was linked to:
- Testis volume getting smaller
- Hidden low-testosterone signs and symptoms
The average age of the men in this study was 51.6 years, some were younger than 40 years.
FACT 8 c: Erectile Dysfunction is a Cholesterol-Lowering Medication Side-Effect Says the US National Library of Medicine in 2009
Here is the title of the published research:
“Statin therapy is associated with lower total but not bio available or free testosterone in men with type 2 diabetes”
Cholesterol-lowering medicine is linked to erectile dysfunction says the US National Library of Medicine.
One of the side-effects of low levels of your sex hormone, testosterone, is the inability to be able to get an erection. Therefore, statin drugs could decrease your testosterone levels when they block your body making cholesterol. Cholesterol is the steroid fat your body uses to make your sex hormones.
Unknown to many, fats are naturally found in your body and are vital for health and wellbeing.
Look at these doctors who are concerned about the high cholesterol and the animal saturated fat myth, that the businesses behind our health system promote:
Dr. Jason Fung author of The Diabetes Code, How to Prevent and Reverse Type 2 Diabetes – Look at a review of the 8 Life-Saving Case Studies and the benefits you can achieve HERE.
Read the review of The Pioppi Diet by Whistle-blowing Cardiologist, Dr. Aseem Malhotra, and filmmaker Donal O’Neill HERE.
Plus my short review of ‘The Cholesterol Myths, Exposing the Fallacy that Saturated Fat and Cholesterol Cause Heart Disease by Danish Professor, Dr. Uffe Ravnskov HERE.
Conclusion: High Cholesterol Myths vs Facts
My waist and pant size increased when I ate low-fat food full of chains of carbohydrate sugars, glucose, fructose, lactose & galactose. And when searching for ways to improve the quality of my DNA, I found that the quality of fats mattered, plus that cholesterol is essential for my brain to be healthy.
So, is the high cholesterol myth vs facts fake news?
I look forward to receiving your comments on what you think about high cholesterol.