How to Improve Cholesterol Levels Without Taking Medicine

It is often said that LDL (low density lipoprotein) is “bad” because it causes a buildup of cholesterol in your arteries and HDL (high density lipoprotein) is “good” because it transports cholesterol from other parts of your body back to your liver. Based on this outdated information, for years, the typical recommendation was to try to lower your total cholesterol and LDL, while raising your HDL. However, many recent studies no longer support this approach. "The cholesterol and calorie hypotheses are both dead.." The Pharmaceutical Journal

"Even doctors at leading institutions have been misled for years based on creative reporting of research results from pharmaceutical companies intent on supporting the $31-billion-a-year cholesterol-lowering drug industry." The Great Cholesterol Myth

Consider the articles featured below and discuss them with your doctor before starting cholesterol medication.

1. Does cholesterol cause heart disease? New study says no.

"...The debate rages on, and now we have another publication questioning the role of LDL as the primary cause of heart attacks and strokes. A new study published in Expert Review of Clinical Pharmacology reviewed data from over 1 million individuals and concluded that LDL does not cause heart disease. This is in direct contradiction to recent publication European Society of Cardiology stating that LDL does directly cause heart disease." Read more here.

The similar study says there's no link between cholesterol and heart disease: " Controversial report claims there's no link between 'bad cholesterol' and heart disease," the Daily Mail reports, while The Times states: "Bad cholesterol 'helps you live longer." The headlines are based on a new review which aimed to gather evidence from previous observational studies on whether LDL cholesterol (so-called "bad cholesterol") was linked with mortality in older adults aged over 60. The conventional view is that having high LDL cholesterol levels increases your risk of dying of cardiovascular diseases, such as heart disease. Researchers chose 30 studies in total to analyse. 28 studies looked at the link with death from any cause. Twelve found no link between LDL and mortality, but 16 actually found that lower LDL was linked with higher mortality risk – the opposite to what was expected.

Only nine studies looked at cardiovascular mortality link specifically – seven found no link and two found the opposite link to what was expected. However, there are many important limitations to this review. This includes the possibility that the search methods may have missed relevant studies, not looking at levels of other blood fats (e.g. total and HDL cholesterol), and the possibility that other health and lifestyle factors are influencing the link. Most importantly, as the researchers acknowledge, these findings do not take account of statin use, which lowers cholesterol. People found to have high LDL cholesterol at the study's start may have subsequently been started on statins, which could have prevented deaths. " Read more here.

2. Myths about Cholesterol:

"There is no such thing as good cholesterol and bad cholesterol. Cholesterol is cholesterol. The chemical formula for cholesterol is C27H46O. There is no good version or bad version of this formula. HDL is not even cholesterol, let alone good. LDL is not even cholesterol, let alone bad. HDL stands for High Density Lipoprotein. LDL stands for Low Density Lipoprotein. (There are three other lipoproteins, by the way, chylomicrons, VLDL and IDL)." Dr. Zoë Harcombe Ph.D.

There are no LDL test strips! Normally, laboratories calculate LDL as following: LDL = Total Cholesterol - HDL - (Triglycerides/5)

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3. "Healthcare decisions should not be made until an individual has had two cholesterol tests. Between one and eight weeks should separate each blood test. If the results of the two tests vary by 30 mg/dL or more, something may well be amiss and the tests should be repeated."

When to Suspect Your Cholesterol Test Is Wrong

4. Not all "unhealthy products" are really unhealthy:

- Full fat milk improves cholesterol levels

- Dairy Fats and Cardiovascular Disease: Do We Really Need to Be Concerned?

- Full-fat dairy may actually benefit heart health

- Eating lots of cheese does not raise cholesterol, study shows

- Only about 20% of the cholesterol in your bloodstream comes from the food you eat. Your body makes the rest.

- High-cholesterol diet, eating eggs do not increase risk of heart attack, not even in persons genetically predisposed, study finds

This articles were posted by The Washington Post:

- Eggs are okay again

- Whole milk is okay. Butter and eggs too. What’s next — bacon?

5. Nevertheless, If you still believe, that you have to improve your cholesterol levels, go to this web page:

How to Improve Cholesterol Levels Without Drugs

Useful Links:

New Cholesterol Test More Accurate Than Old Test That Requires Fasting

The Difference Between VLDL and LDL

Why is the LDL cholesterol concentration usually calculated, not measured directly?

Thousands Sue for Damages Against Cholesterol Drugs as Big Pharma Defends Billion Dollar Industry

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New Study Links Cholesterol-Lowering Statin Drugs To Potentially Fatal Muscle Disease

How it’s made: Cholesterol production in your body:

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