>LOW Cholesterol – the consequences

>Consequences of Low Cholesterol

Daily it seems we are bombarded with statements terrorizing us about the dangers of High (elevated) cholesterol.

Food manufacturers advertise their products as ‘heart healthy’ and ‘low cholesterol’; they carry BIG RED “Ticks” because they are approved by the Heart Foundation!

(see McDonald’s Nuggets Get the Heart Healthy Tick)

I have even seen a sign outside a local ‘Take-a-Way’ advertising that their cooking oil (for fries etc) contains no cholesterol!

Err excuse me but cooking oil as used in deep fryers these days is a manufactured – vegetable based oil (Polyunsaturated oil***) and would therefore NOT contain cholesterol in the first place. Talk about jumping on the band-wagon for ‘eat here it’s healthier!’ Whether that is in fact a truism remains to be seen. I personally doubt that a manufactured product can be healthier than a natural one. By the way – cholesterol does not come from plants, ONLY from animal sources.

There are some startling facts about Polyunsaturated Oils (PUFA’s) which you don’t often see on the TV and in the News Media. You should be interested in the following:

Polyunsaturated Oils Increase Cancer Risk
Polyunsaturated fats are not healthy cooking oils
Unhealthy Vegetable Oils
The Oiling of America

There are other things that sellers do by way of advertising that you need to be aware of. Just because it says ‘Low Fat’ does not mean it is healthy either.

Now let’s get back onto the subject at hand –
Cholesterol Numbers – how low can you go?
By Mayo Clinic staff

It’s important to keep your cholesterol levels within healthy limits. And if you have other risk factors for developing heart disease, you need to be even more careful — especially with your low-density lipoprotein (LDL), or “bad,” cholesterol level.
Interpreting your cholesterol numbers

Cholesterol levels are measured in milligrams (mg) of cholesterol per deciliter (dL) of blood in the United States and some other countries. Canada and most European countries measure cholesterol in millimoles (mmol) per liter (L) of blood. Consider these general guidelines when you get your lipid panel (cholesterol test) results back to see if your cholesterol falls in optimal levels.

The ‘general’ acceptable numbers for Australian’s are as follows:
The following is taken from
The Medical Journal of Australia November 2001.
Recommended target lipid levels*
LDL-cholesterol 1.0 mmol/L
Triglycerides * These targets are based on the best available evidence. Intervention studies have not been designed to determine lipid targets. Any movement towards targets should be beneficial, even if they are not reached.

Australia seems to require people to have a total Cholesterol number of less than 4.0 mmol/L.
With this magic number they fall into the so called ‘healthy range’.
The US and Canada are aiming for a number less than 5.2.

These numbers maybe slightly incorrect, as they are shifting the ‘goal posts’ regularly which means more and more people will be required to take drugs, to enable them to meet the ‘magic number’ to be considered healthy. Cynic that I am, but this means more drugs get prescribed, more money in the coffers of Big Pharma!

But is this aiming for a low Total Cholesterol Number beneficial for the population as a whole?

There are some consequences of artificially lowering cholesterol levels:
We are questioning the wisdom of recommending statin treatment for a large segment of the world’s population simply because they have elevated lipid levels or are assumed to be at increased risk for coronary events because of the presence of other risk markers. Even using the outcome in the Heart Protection Study (HPS)1 with the most optimistic figures (“Any major vascular event”), the number of individuals who benefited from treatment did not exceed 5.4%, a figure that included many events with minor or no future health consequences. Such small treatment rewards demand a careful analysis of the potential risks.

It is already known that statins may induce fatal rhabdomyolysis, cardiac insufficiency, peripheral polyneuropathy, hepatic toxicity, and mental disturbances. A much more momentous issue is that all statins have proven carcinogenic in laboratory animals using blood concentrations that approximated those achieved in clinical practice.2

Here are the facts! Click on the numbers at the beginning of each paragraph if you want the scientific evidence!

1 Cholesterol is not a deadly poison, but a substance vital to the cells of all mammals. There are no such things as good or bad cholesterol, but mental stress, physical activity and change of body weight may influence the level of blood cholesterol. A high cholesterol is not dangerous by itself, but may reflect an unhealthy condition, or it may be totally innocent.

2 A high blood cholesterol is said to promote atherosclerosis and thus also coronary heart disease. But many studies have shown that people whose blood cholesterol is low become just as atherosclerotic as people whose cholesterol is high.

3 Your body produces three to four times more cholesterol than you eat. The production of cholesterol increases when you eat little cholesterol and decreases when you eat much. This explains why the”prudent” diet cannot lower cholesterol more than on average a few per cent.

4 There is no evidence that too much animal fat and cholesterol in the diet promotes atherosclerosis or heart attacks. For instance, more than twenty studies have shown that people who have had a heart attack haven’t eaten more fat of any kind than other people, and degree of atherosclerosis at autopsy is unrelated with the diet.

5 The only effective way to lower cholesterol is with drugs, but neither heart mortality or total mortality have been improved with drugs the effect of which is cholesterol-lowering only. On the contrary, these drugs are dangerous to your health and may shorten your life.

6 The new cholesterol-lowering drugs, the statins, do prevent cardio-vascular disease, but this is due to other mechanisms than cholesterol-lowering. Unfortunately, they also stimulate cancer in rodents, disturb the functions of the muscles, the heart and the brain and pregnant women taking statins may give birth to children with malformations more severe than those seen after thalidomide.

7 Many of these facts have been presented in scientific journals and books for decades but are rarely told to the public by the proponents of the diet-heart idea.

8 The reason why laymen, doctors and most scientists have been misled is because opposing and disagreeing results are systematically ignored or misquoted in the scientific press.

9 The Benefits Of High Cholesterol

And a final thought for you to ponder:

In an article entitled Needs to Change the Direction of Cholesterol-Related Medication – A Problem of Great Urgency, published in November 2005, Japanese researcher H. Okuyama reported his findings based upon the data available in the medical literature. He concluded, “ . . . reducing the intake of saturated fatty acids and cholesterol and increasing that of polyunsaturated fatty acid are ineffective in reducing total cholesterol in the long run, but rather increase mortality rates from coronary heart disease and all causes . . . high total cholesterol is not positively associated with high coronary heart disease mortality rates among general populations more than 40-50 years of age.

More importantly, higher total cholesterol values are associated with lower cancer and all-cause mortality rates among these populations . . . Although the effectiveness of statins in preventing coronary heart disease has been accepted in Western countries, little benefit seems to result from efforts to limit dietary cholesterol intake or to lower TC values to less than approximately 260 mg/dl among the general population and the elderly . . . (These measures) create major risk factors for CHD, cancers, and shorter longevity.

Based on the data reviewed here, it is urgent to change the direction of current cholesterol-related medication for the prevention of CHD, cancer, and all-cause mortality.”


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