We need Cholesterol

Recently, American Heart Association has lowered the landmark of cholesterol level. People who are in good range of serum cholesterol level will be labeled having high cholesterol overnight. What is the truth behind cholesterol? According to English (1997), Cholesterol is not a primary risk factor for Cardiovascular disease. Instead, Cholesterol is an essential substance. Our brains and nerves are made of cholesterol. Our bodies use cholesterol to make our important sex hormones. Without cholesterol, we could not absorb fat-soluble vitamin like Vitamin A and E. Every single cells of our bodies are surrounded by a membrane containing cholesterol. Our liver produces 2000 mg of cholesterol every day. When following a low cholesterol diet, our liver makes up the difference by producing more cholesterol. High blood cholesterol doesn’t come from eating foods high in cholesterol; it comes from a metabolism that is not efficient at handling the cholesterol we need. So, what is primary cause of heart attack or stroke? It is triglycerides. Eating sugar increases level of triglycerides. Besides, consumption of excess dietary polyunsaturated fats such as soybean oil, sunflower oil and safflower oil have been shown to contribute heart disease, atherosclerosis, cancer, weight gain. These oils will raise bad cholesterol (LDL) and lower good cholesterol (HDL). Heart attack is also caused by consistent level of stress hormone that have damaged the inner lining of the arteries. Plague starts to build up along damaged arterial walls lead to complete blockage.

English KM, Steeds R, TH Jones, Channer KS. Testosterone and coronary heart disease: is there a link? QJM 1997;90:787-791

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