SHOULD WE FEAR CHOLESTEROL?
Having a conversation on this topic is important. Cholesterol health implications are complicated. Is it beneficial? Is it harmful?
The questions we are asking here are important, and, unfortunately, we don’t have definite answers yet. I encourage you to improve your understanding of this problem, so you can make informed decisions.
Please review the resources listed below. I would like to have a discussion with you after you have explored this topic through relevant reading.
The key is YOU: You learn, you understand, you ask questions, and you make the decisions.
Assess risk factors
Take detailed family and medical histories, and evaluate for presence of other diseases such as high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, and/or insulin resistance.
Obtain advanced lipid panel (particle fractions), insulin levels, C- reactive protein (CRP), chronic inflammation markers, and a coronary calcium scan.
Formulate risk reduction plan
Avoid toxins (smoking, seed oils), optimize weight and blood glucose levels, exercise, reduce stress, and eat healthy foods.
Taking medications to reduce cardiovascular risk should be considered for patients with high risk of heart attack and stroke, but never as the only intervention.