Myths about Lowering Cholesterol

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Mar 30, 2012

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Myths about Lowering Cholesterol

In general low fat diets are considered the recommended intake for lowering the risk of cardiovascular diseases. Rather than focusing on fat, people should actually try to reduce the high carbohydrate content of their foods. This is because reducing carbs by limiting or giving up the consumption of food such as bread, breakfast cereals, rice, potatoes, legumes, sweetened drinks and sugar; triglycerides level were shown to significantly improve. At the same time, the heart protective HDL levels increased without altering LDL cholesterol levels. This study was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Similarly, there have been many reports and studies that do not support some commonly held notions about lowering cholesterol, such as:


There is no bad cholesterol


Cholesterol is a very important element of your blood as it helps in the production of several beneficial hormones. Vitamin D is made in our body through cholesterol when the body is exposed to sunlight. Cholesterol is also used providing insulation to the membranes that protect our immune system. In fact people with low cholesterol are likely to develop immune system complications and be prone to serious infections. Cholesterol acts as a sponge for bacterial toxins which would damage your cell otherwise.


Saturated fats do not cause heart disease


Vanderbilt university professor of Medicine and Biochemistry, George V. Mann, M.D. feels that saturated fats leading to increased risk of heart disease is the greatest medical deception of the century. He claims that in a study conducted on 70 people, people were made to eat 3, 7 or 14 eggs in a week and continue for 5 months, there was no change in the total cholesterol level. The two categories of cholesterol, LDL and HDL, along with triglycerides did not show any sort of harmful change in this period.


[Read: Cholesterol Lowering Diets]

Cholesterol may prevent Alzheimer’s


There is a growing body of evidence that supports the hypothesis that cholesterol as a very important function to perform for the brain. This is evident from the fact that even though the brain has only 2 percent of body weight is there, it contains one fourth or 25 percent of total cholesterol pool. It has been found that patients who suffer from Alzheimer’s have a lower level of cholesterol in their brain.


[Read: Ways to Lower Your Cholesterol]

If this relation gets established, it would change the treatment perspective of the medical community towards treatment of cardiovascular disease which seek to suppress cholesterol. Perhaps they will need to review the use of statin drugs in aged patients suffering from neurological disorders.


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