Cholesterol has been an issue in my family for a number of generations. In fact, during the last 2 years I’ve learned a lot about it.
Cholesterol is a waxy substance that doesn’t dissolve in the blood, so it has to be transported around by proteins (mainly LDL & HDL)
LDL delivers cholesterol to the tissues and HDL removes cholesterol from plaques. LDL, known as the bad cholesterol isn’t bad unless its oxidised and there are a number of LDL strains involved in an LDL reading, LDL-A & LDL-B are the two most talked about.
So what happens when you have a high LDL reading? Its bad isn’t it? Well not quite, you see LDL-B is the one to worry about. LDL-B looks like a gun pellet, hard and destructive where as the others are soft and spongy-like, so when LDL-B is transported around it has a greater chance of damaging the walls of the arteries it passes through.
So if your LDL reading was 3 mmol/l then that would be considered a marker for risks to heart & circulatory disease but this may not be so. You see the maths look bad but in reality they might not be. Only by getting a full particle test done would to be able to see if LDL-B is the culprit. For anyone that’s interested, you should ask for an NMR Lipoprofile test. If you live in a country where the NMR profile is not available, you can use the ApoB test to roughly determine your LDL particle number, and then use triglycerides, HDL, fasting blood sugar, blood pressure and waist-to-hip ratio to determine if you have insulin resistance.
Dr Jonny Bowden discusses cholesterol on the following link. Fast forward to 13:30 mins where he talks about the cholesterol myth in more detail.
Alternatively I urge you to check out the 30 min Catalyst program on ABC TV Australia where leading scientists are challenge the demonisation of saturated fat and cholesterol.
So what happens when you go to your doctor and your LDL is high? The chances are it will get addressed by the prescription of statin drugs yet the side effects of statin drugs have been woefully under reported. Check out Beatrice Golomb Statin Study below. Fatigue, Liver Problems & Memory problems to name three.
I would ask anyone concerned about cholesterol / statins to have their diet looked at in the first instance, because the answer is in the food we eat, it always has been.