Some time ago I received this very long WA message, which is denoted below with the “”.
From a doctor’s point of view, high cholesterol still remains an important risk factor that needs to be controlled in order to prevent heart attacks (ischaemic heart disease) and stroke.
Of course, depending on the patient, healthy lifestyle is always incorporated as one of the important steps for treatment.
However, speaking from experience, not all patients are motivated and disciplined enough to follow through with the diet and exercise recommendations. Some are of course, but they are not the majority. While others may just need a bit of help before they can maintain the desired cholesterol levels.
For primary prevention (patients who have not had any illness like heart disease), doctors would always advice:
- stop smoking
- diet control (nak baca tentang diet untuk kurangkan kolesterol dalam bahasa Melayu boleh klik disini)
We would see the patient back in a few months to make sure they are getting the results.
To read more about primary prevention for heart disease and stroke, click here to read this article by NICE on determining the CVD (cardiovascular disease) risk (its written for health professionals).
If this fails then, again, depending on the case, the doctor may consider starting cholesterol lowering medication.
For secondary prevention (this means patients who have already suffered a heart attack or stroke), all the above lifestyle changes apply too, but management is more aggressive and there
is evidence for giving statins during the heart attack (for its plaque-stabilizing effect) and strong evidence to support continuation of same for patients with high cholesterol.
I’d like to see the research they are using to back up their claims. Do leave a comment.
“Cholesterol is finally officially removed from ‘Naughty’ List
The US government has finally accepted that cholesterol is not a ‘nutrient of concern’, doing a U-turn on their warnings.
In the meantime, the US Drug Industries in connivance with Health Departments made over 1.5 trillion US Dollars by selling cholestrol lowering drugs. This fear probably caused death of a million gulliable citizen who believed the US drug industry.
Cholesterol has been on the “naughty” list of nutrients for nearly 40 years, with health officials warning us to stay away from high-cholesterol foods since the 1970s to avoid heart disease and clogged arteries.
“Full-fat dairy products and advocados are high in good fats.”
But US officials have finally given the green light for a U-turn on previous warnings, which means eggs, butter, full-fat dairy products, nuts, coconut oil and meat have now been classified as “safe” and have been officially removed from the “nutrients of concern” list.
The US Department of Agriculture, which is responsible for updating the guidelines every five years, stated in its findings for 2015: “Previously, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommended that cholesterol intake be limited to no more than 300 mg/day.
“The 2015 DGAC will not bring forward this recommendation because available evidence shows no appreciable relationship between consumption of dietary cholesterol and serum (blood) cholesterol, consistent with the AHA/ACC (American Heart Association / American College of Cardiology) report.
“Cholesterol is not a nutrient of concern for overconsumption.”
“Eggs are no longer on the ‘naughty list’. ”
The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee will, in response, no longer warn people against eating high-cholesterol foods and will instead focus on sugar as the main substance of dietary concern.
The 70s, 80s and 90s were the ‘non fat’ years, with the government warning people to limit the amount of high-cholersterol foods in their diets to avoid heart disease and strokes.
But nutritionists and scientists have long been campaigning for the U-turn, which started with introducing “good cholesterols” back into the ‘safe zone’.
US cardiologist Dr Steven Nissen said: “It’s the right decision. We got the dietary guidelines wrong. They’ve been wrong for decades.”
He esitmated that about 20 per cent of cholesterol levels in your blood come from your diet, which means the rest is produced by your liver and is actually needed by the body.
Dr Chris Masterjohn added: “Since we cannot possibly eat enough cholesterol to use for our bodies’ daily functions, our bodies make their own.
“When we eat more foods rich in this compound, our bodies make less. If we deprive ourselves of foods high in cholesterol – such as eggs, butter, and liver – our body revs up its cholesterol synthesis.”
“Nuts were previously thought to contain too much cholesterol.”
Sugar has now been identified as the “worst” food culprit for health problems, with GPs now focusing on weaning patients off the sweet stuff.
Cardiologist Dr Aseem Malhotra, who works with group Action On Sugar, says a clamp-down on the food industry is next.
He said: “It’s very clear that added sugar has absolutely no nutritional value whatsoever and, contrary to what the food industry want you to believe, the body doesn’t require any carbohydrate for energy from added sugar.
“And we know the food industry have been spiking our food with added sugars. We also know that carbohydrates and particularly refined carbohydrates – so carbohydrates that lack fibre, sugar being one of them – have the biggest impact on insulin in terms of surges of insulin in our body. And insulin is a fat storing hormone.” So, in summary, ditch your skinny latte for a full-fat latte and get some avocados down you.
The Real Truth about Cholesterol:
The majority of the cholesterol in you is produced by your liver. Your brain is primarily made up from cholesterol. It is essential for nerve cells to function. Cholesterol is the basis for the creation of all the steroid hormones, including estrogen, testosterone, and corticosteroids. High cholesterol in the body is a clear indication
which shows the liver of the individual is in good health.
Dr. George V. Mann M.D. associate director of the Framingham study for the incidence and prevalence of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and its risk factors states: “Saturated fats and cholesterol in the diet are not the cause of coronary heart disease. That myth is the greatest deception of the century, perhaps of any century”
Cholesterol is the biggest medical scam of all time.
There is no such thing as bad Cholesterol! Men of science have abandoned truth for money. Attempting to control cholesterol is a very, very dangerous practice that occurs in every hospital and medical clinic daily.
“Statin Drugs Actually Increase Heart Disease”
So you can stop trying to change your Cholesterol level. Studies prove beyond a doubt, cholesterol doesn’t cause heart disease and it won’t stop a heart attack. The majority of people that have heart attacks have normal cholesterol levels.
THE GREAT CHOLESTEROL SCAM
By K.L. Carlson, MBA
Cholesterol guidelines have been created to increase pharmaceutical profits, not to improve peoples’ health. I know from my experience as a pharmaceutical sales representative for a statin drug. We were trained to emphasize to physicians the new lower LDL guidelines that were ostensibly created by health experts. The truth is the majority of the experts who created the lower guidelines have multiple financial ties to pharmaceutical companies. One expert was found to have ties to ten drug firms
OUR BODY NEEDS 950 mg OF CHOLESTEROL FOR DAILY METABOLISM AND THE LIVER IS THE MAIN PRODUCER.
ONLY 15% OF CHOLESTEROL IS BEING DONATED BY THE FOOD WE EAT. If the fat content is less in our food we eat, our liver has to work more to maintain the level at 950 mg. If the cholesterol level is high in our body, it shows the liver is working perfect. Experts say that there is nothing like LDL or HDL.
Cholesterol is not found to create blocks any where in the human body. Why does it create block only in heart?”