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Why does the medical profession claim cholesterol is the cause or even a symptom of heart disease?

The fundamental cause of most cardiovascular problems is a condition called atherosclerosis, often referred to as "clogging" or "hardening" of the arteries. Most people, even doctors, believe that this is caused by having too high a level of cholesterol in your bloodstream, but if you examine all the statistics on heart disease in industrialized nations, this theory just doesn't hold up.

A comparison of different western cultures and their rate of heart disease demonstrates that there is no correlation to cholesterol levels. Switzerland, where people have higher levels of cholesterol than any other European country, has one of the lowest rates of heart attacks of any industrialized nation. In Russia, which has a very high rate of heart disease, people have one of the lowest average levels of cholesterol of any nation.

There are as many people with low cholesterol dying of heart disease as those with high levels of cholesterol. How did this myth come about? How does any rational or logical mind make any sense of this?

First there there was the French paradox. A country with high fat consumption but low instances of heart disease. Then came the Spanish paradox. Another country with high fat consumption and low heart disease. Does anyone want to know how many paradoxes there are currently?

I don't know about you, but if a hypothesis has that many paradoxes, maybe maybe it is possibly not correct? But you see, for the pro-lipid hypothesis crowd, it is not an hypothesis. It is an ideology because a hypothesis can actually be wrong. Statinators practice faith based medicine, not evidence based medicine.

Allow me to point out this study:

Safety and efficacy of achieving very low low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels with rosuvastatin 40 mg daily (from the ASTEROID Study).


Here's the relevant passage:

"Similarly, the on-treatment atheroma volume, change in atheroma volume, and high percentage of subjects with atheroma regression did not differ by the achieved LDL cholesterol. In conclusion, although the power to detect such changes was limited, these data showed no clear relation between the LDL cholesterol achieved by intensive statin therapy with rosuvastatin and adverse effects. Atheroma regression occurred in most patients and was not linked to the LDL cholesterol achieved."

Does everyone get that? Lowering LDL has no effect on heart disease.

I have pointed out before that any benefit from statins comes from its anti-inflammatory effects. You can get the same from an aspirin without the crippling side effects from a statin. That is good news for the average consumer. Not so good for the drug companies. Unfortunately, most patients think the "M.D." in their doctor's title stands for "Medical Deity". They do not question the potentially crippling side effects of statins or perform any research on whether the drug is actually effective. Very bad for the consumer, but very good for the drug companies.  (+ info)

Why does the Ukraine have the highest incidence of heart disease with average cholesterol levels of 186 - 201?

The Ukraine has the highest rate of heart disease than anywhere else on the planet...The death rate is 896.0 per 100,000 people.

Their cholesterol ranges are lower than average, yet they have the highest incidence of heart disease.

Does this mean that with lower cholesterol levels, my risk of having heart disease is greater?

Many factors besides abnormal cholesterol contribute to heart disease, such as obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, sedentary lifestyle, smoking, Type A personality, etc. There is a very significant amount of evidence showing that elevated LDL and decreased HDL is associated with a significant increased risk of heart disease even when you control for all other variables. I am not sure what you are trying to accomplish by putting these biased questions on answers. You must not have much experience with research. This is observational data and it would be impossible to make any conclusions regarding cause and effect since there are too many variables.  (+ info)

is diabetes considered a glycogen storage disease?

i am a type 1 diabetic and filling out college scholarship information and when i got to the "disabilities" section diabetes is not an option but glycogen storage disease is so im wondering if diabetes is included in that? or should i just mark off medical disability?
i know what diabetes is. i just am confused as to why diabetes is not an opption when it seems like everything else under the sun is. i dont consider myself disabled but i dont consider lots of the options in this section disabled either. so idk?

No, I don't think so, glycogen storage disease should be something else, glycogen is a complex form of sugar than can be broken down into glucose when there is a need for it. If anything I think it would fall more likely to hypoglycemia, maybe there is an a (other) you could mark and name diabetes, if not it doesn't matter just make sure your friend now you are a diabetic in case of an emergency.  (+ info)

What, other than high cholesterol, genetics, and high blood pressure cause heart disease?

As my question states, is there more than just high cholesterol, genetics, and high blood pressure involved with heart disease? Are there other key components, or are these not even things that cause it?


High blood pressure causes atherosclerosis in coronary blood vessels, which result is Heart Attack or Myocardial Infarction. Thus, a heart condition and not a heart disease.

The same is true for high cholesterol, which builds up in the walls of arteries, making the risk for a heart attack be higher or becoming a risk factor for a heart disease.

Genetics is true to cause heart disease and is commonly referred to as Cogential Heart Disease or Defect.

Overall, other reasons for a heart disease can be smoking, drinking alcohol, physical abnormalities, certain viruses that may cause Myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle) & makes the heart prone to disease, certain bacteria are other factors & may result in Rheumatic Heart Disease, and etc.

Good Luck!  (+ info)

Will every person who has genetic cholesterol be for sure diagnosed with coronary artery disease?

i read a fact on a website and it said that 12% of women will develop coronary artery disease before the age of 50 and the remaining 74% will develop it before the age of 70- 74. and this is only for women whos cholesterol is genetic. is this true?? plz answer ..and how could you prevent this or lower cholesterol levels?

Dear Lili,
The simple and short answer to your question is NO!
First, not every person with "genetic cholesterol" will be genetically identified. The cost would be astronomical at the present time. Secondly, abnormally high cholesterol will do its damage whether it's there because of genetic or non-genetic origin. Autopsy studies over 50 years ago showed that the earliest changes of arteriosclerosis of the arteries which leads to coronary artery disease begins in the twenties. Noticeable body damage usually doesn't happen till a coronary artery is about 70% blocked off - and this takes many years. Medicines now available to control cholesterol levels, along with healthier food choices and sufficient exercise are very effective in lowering cholesterol and prolonging lives. Heart attacks are greatly decreased in the past 20 years.
The reason there is so much TV advertising about cholesterol-lowering drugs is that the companies that make them make big profits. Still, the drugs do work, if needed, but they require a doctor's prescription and periodic testing of th patient for possible bad side effects. The increased benefits are worth the small risks involved.  (+ info)

am I at greater risk for coronary artery disease due to my high cholesterol?

I am 19 years old and just had a recent blood test that tested for cholesterol which came back at 285. This was a bit surprising to me since my cholesterol never used to be this high, but it has climbed over the years. Does this subject me to a greater risk for heart disease at an older age.
no its actually the other way around I am 140 pounds 5-11, which is probably about the right weight for me. Some people suggest that I could gain a few pounds, but since I have high cholesterol, that wouldn't be too good. I am assuming that the more weight you are, the more prone to higher cholesterol you are.
and never smoked a day in my life and I already eat healthy so I dont know what is causing the cholesterol aside from possibly genetics. However, other people in my family developed high cholesterol later in life, way after they were 19.

Yes, you are at higher risk.. unless, of course, you lower your cholesterol and do it NOW.

Chronic stresses (including high cholesterol, hypertension, and cigarette smoking) to the arteries cause 'atherosclerosis'. Atherosclerosis, in the simplest terms, is hardening and weakening of the arteries; and this is the root cause behind heart diseases such as CAD, heart attacks, etc, as well as many other conditions such as diabetes and stroke. The longer you let your cholesterol levels remain this high, the more damage you are doing and the higher your risk will be for chronic diseases later in life. Luckily you're young and caught the problem early.. now you have to act to correct it!  (+ info)

How much of an impact do cholesterol levels have on coronary heart disease?

And also, what are the most effective potential public health approaches that can be taken to reduce cholesterol as a risk factor?

Ignore "Lisa L". This is a person whose sole source of medical information (not "knowledge") is a group run by a person whose degree is is fitness, not medicine.

Numerous double blinded, placebo controlled studies have shown that lowering cholesterol in high risk patients reduces the risk of heart attack.

Possible public health approaches:
1) education about healthy diets (low fat, whole grain, etc.)
2) education about healthy cooking that tastes good
3) encourage use of healthy alternatives to trans fats, etc  (+ info)

Can I develop Coronary Artery Disease if I have low cholesterol?

I just found out that I have a very low LDL/HDL cholesterol ratio, meaning that my cholesterol is very good. Does this mean that my chances of developing diseased arteries is reduced?

You want a low ratio, but the higher HDL the better.

Exercise 5 times a week. Or walk a mile three times a day, every day. Checkout "Longevity Made Simple"  (+ info)

Does high cholesterol need to be present to have heart disease?

And what about high blood pressure? If you don't have either, could you still have heart disease?

both are contributors to heart disease  (+ info)

I am suffering form high cholesterol level, is there any possibility for getting heart related disease?

Can anyone suggest me how to control cholesterol level as my HDL cholesterol 49 mg/dl, LDL is 208 mg/dl and overall cholesterol is 295 mg/dl.

As we know that many of us, used to die due to some heart related disease.This heart disease generates into our body through high cholesterol expert says. If we can control or killed the cholesterol level , there is possibility that we can survive from any heart disease.So our main focus is to control cholesterol level, which can be done, if we can take out 30 minutes from 24 hrs a day for exercise. Walking for 30 minutes is the great way to reduce or lower cholesterol level dramatically. Besides this diet plays a vital role for lowering cholesterol from our body.After doing exercise every day, we should eat oatmeal with flax seed, walnuts, almonds, and cinnamon every day. Eat fresh fruits and veggies every day, no more white bread, no more soda, no meat, occasionally eat fish, no more junk food, drink plenty of water, orange juice and pure carrot juice every day.And one more thing I want to add is Fish oil which helps to lower cholesterol level in a great way.  (+ info)

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