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It is true that blood cholesterol has nothing to do with arterial disease or heart disease but you can still find physicians checking peoples' cholesterol. I take my Lipitor not for trigycerides but because it seems to prevent heart attacks by some other kind of magic.
Medical and non-medical erroneous or pseudoscientific enthusiasms can last a generation because they infect the culture. Red meat and salt-avoidance, for examples. The 8 Stages of Scam
I recently saw a relative get into big trouble by believing the old "salt is bad" admonition. Skepticism is the best default setting in life.
It is true that blood cholesterol has nothing to do with arterial disease or heart disease but ... I take my Lipitor not for trigycerides but because it seems to prevent heart attacks by some other kind of magic.
Heh. Didn't know that in addition to being a convincing lifestyle expert you also wrote satire. Who promoted medically dangerous advice. And partisan 21st Century food fads.
Many people that have high cholesterol are skinny, active, health and food-conscious folks. Fat folks might show low cholesterol.
"... All animal cells manufacture cholesterol for their use, with relative production rates varying by cell type and organ function. About 20–25% of total daily cholesterol production occurs in the liver ..." From Wiki
I listen to SiriuxXM Doctor Radio every day on the way to work. The cardiology shows hosted by Langone Medical Center luminaries in the field, and their guests, all swear that the argument of this post against cholesterol as vis-a-vis heart disease is a internet fraud. The science is settled for them, HDL v. LDL remain one of the greatest indicators of cardiovascular health.
I agree. There are people who have a genetic propensity to very high cholesterol levels and they are at great risk of dying young from the consequences of this 'disease'. It isn't about diet, even with people whose cholesterol levels are within or just outside of 'normal' range it is not a result of their diets but their genetics.
"HDL v. LDL remain one of the greatest indicators of cardiovascular health"
There is "some truth" to this. A small percentage of people are born with a genetic predisposition to very high cholesterol levels. They also tend to die young from heart disease. But this problem does not translate to a cholesterol related heart disease risk in people who fall into the normal range, even the high end of the normal range. Something else is going on in those people with cholesterol levels in excess of 300 mg/dl.
Now if you ignore this anomoly and simply look at the raw data from a pure statistical point of view then indeed high cholesterol leads to heart attacks and early death. But no knowledgable statistician would fail to see that this group lying outside the normal distribution is "not normal". For statistical purposes that data should be excluded and it belongs in it's own category.
The simple fact is if your cholesterol is in the range of 200-239 mg/dL (which is considered borderline high) it is still impossible for you to eat enough cholesterol rich food to get you into the range where cholesterol becomes life threatening. I can only assume that doctors took some basic statistics in college and that they should understand genetics and thus if they are still saying "normal" levels of cholesterol are harmful then they must be intentionally distorting the truth.
Most people who die of heart attacks do not have high levels of cholesterol. Most people who die from heart attacks are diabetic, very old, have coagulation problems or physical heart/circulation problems. Cholesterol is not the biggest factor especially when you exclude those who are genetically predisposed to extremely high cholesterol.