Cholesterol Question?

I have been doing some reading online about high cholesterol and found that it is not as clear as doctors seem to indicate.

We hear all the time that high cholesterol causes blockages in arteries and heart disease so we need to reduce our cholesterol intake and take meds. But many studies do not show this as fact.

What I have read says that if we reduce our cholesterol intake by changing our diet, our liver just increases the cholesterol it produces to maintain the higher level. Also, the studies do not support the idea that cholesterol causes arteries to clog or heart disease. Cardiologists has also stated that often they see patients with high cholesterol with no heart disease and no clog arteries and others with low cholesterol with heart disease and clog arteries. This also confirms the results of studies.

It has been stated that cholesterol is being blamed when it is not the cause of the problems, but rather it the bodies response to arterial damage caused by high blood pressure. This is evident when a vein is used to replace an artery. Veins do not carry as high a blood pressure as arteries do and clogging does not usually occur in veins. But the vein will clog if it is removed and placed as an artery.

The rise in Cholesterol maybe the bodies response to arterial damage by patching the damage so it can heal. So it is a good thing not a bad thing. Which seems to make sense since the levels are controlled by the liver and the levels increase if the dietary cholesterol is reduced. This seems to indicate the body needs higher cholesterol.

The medicines (statins) given by doctors to lower cholesterol work by preventing the liver from producing cholesterol. So if the body is calling for higher cholesterol to heal damaged arteries, and the medicines we take are stopping the bodies attempt to heal arteries we are increasing risk of having strokes.

Cholesterol can be compared with firemen. It is like saying firemen cause fires because every time there is a fire, the firemen are there. They must be the cause of the fire. Cholesterol is not causing fires it is trying to put them out.

Anyone have any thoughts or comments on this?
I want to stop taking my medicine for high cholesterol but worry that maybe I am wrong and I need them. I am just not sure what is best to do. I will also have to fight with my doctor when he learns that I stopped taking them.

5 comments

  • It's Common Sense

    You are 100% correct.

    The pharmaceutical companies have capitalized on the term "bad" cholesterol just to sell dangerous products that only minimally address the problem and have potentially deadly side effects.

    There is no such thing as "bad" cholesterol. Cholesterol is cholesterol, period. It has many acceptable functions in the body. It’s only when it’s unwanted effects develop that it suddenly turns "bad".

    And you’re right about cholesterol not developing in the veins – they test for cholesterol by taking a blood sample from a vein in the arm. Yet, there has never been a case in the history of medicine where a vein has become clogged by cholesterol. This is because the body is on a constant vigil monitoring ares that need to be corrected. Cholesterol acts like a waterproof bandage to cover and protect damaged tissue from peeling and forming embolisms.

    If the primary ingredients are made available for its proper function, the body will never engage in the production of things that are harmful to itself. This includes cholesterol.

  • Jose Brazo

    Well, studies that followed people with levels of 150 and 160 revealed not much in the way of heart attacks seen at 150 but some heart attacks and strokes were seen at 160 and then up from there in a one to one relation of Cholesterol with heart attacks and strokes is noted until at 200 there is a 50 % mortality from heart attacks and strokes.
    Of course, there is a risk connection with smoking and diabetes.
    Doctors that do stents in the coronary arteries and recheck those people in a year, find that just as many stents clog back up with high HDL as do with low HDL. So HDL may not be the helpful molecule that has been hoped for.
    Lowering the blood cholesterol to the normal range of 90- 140 seems to eliminate the heart attack and stroke problem in a significant way.
    The best way to get the cholesterol down in the blood stream is to ….. quit eating it.
    A book recently published is very enlightening as to the entire problem.
    ‘So You Want To Live to Be 100’. It is on Amazon.

  • abijann

    Cholesterol if very beneficial to the body. It is used to make
    the membranes of our living cells. The brain has alot of
    cholesterol. Cholesterol is not bad for the body.
    You are right, if we don’t consume it in the food we eat,
    our liver will make it.
    Cholesterol is not a part of the immune system

    The HDL is the lipoprotein that carries the cholesterol back
    to the liver. The LDL is the lipoprotein that carries the
    cholesterol out into the body (blood).
    There are two things the doctor checks when the
    patient has high cholesterol…
    He want to know if it is their diet that is the problem..
    so he first starts the patient on a cholesterol lowering
    diet. If he finds in his blood testing result, that the
    level is still too high…he will take blood testing to
    check the liver function and then start a patient
    on statin drugs to lower it.
    This could be a diet problem or a hereditary one.

    There is controversy over this. They are not sure
    about the numbers they set as being the "normal
    reference range" of what cholesterol or triglycerides
    should be. I read about someone with alzheimers
    disease improving his memory by discontinuing the
    statin drugs. But, I have also read about what you
    have stated above and also other benefits of
    taking them.
    No drug is ever free of possible side effects,
    or damage. The doctors have to weigh the pros
    and cons of all the drugs they prescribed.
    Anyone that sees the risks in the papers that
    the pharmacy sees, would know this.

    Personally, I would not stopped the drug until
    I had a long talk with your doctor. He may be
    able to clear up any pros or cons you have.

    When they look at statistics, you also have to
    consider the number of people involved in
    the trials, the amount of time the trial lasts,
    and the results are never 100% accurate.
    It depends on the patients (in the trial) health,
    sex, past family medical history and so many
    other things have to be taken into account.

    Best wishes

  • You are 100% correct.

  • footodors

    go ahead and disregard the perils of having excessive amounts of that sludge running through your blood vessels. I don’t want to take that chance myself.
    People with genetically high cholesterol are much more prone to heart attacks and early death while in people with the opposite rarely have heart problems

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