High cholesterol 'does not cause heart disease' new research finds, so treating with statins a 'waste of time'
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."
Cholesterol does not cause heart disease in the elderly and trying to reduce it with drugs like statins is a waste of time, an international group of experts has claimed.
A review of research involving nearly 70,000 people found there was no link between what has traditionally been considered “bad” cholesterol and the premature deaths of over 60-year-olds from cardiovascular disease.
"Heart disease is the #1 killer. However, traditional heart disease protocols--with their emphasis on lowering cholesterol--have it all wrong. Emerging science is showing that cholesterol levels are a poor predictor of heart disease and that standard prescriptions for lowering it, such as ineffective low-fat/high-carb diets and serious, side-effect-causing statin drugs, obscure the real causes of heart disease. 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."
It basically goes on to say through much research and citations that dietary cholesterol doesn't contribute to blood cholesterol. It also addressed blood cholesterol levels.
High blood cholesterol which is predominately produced by the liver is created by high sugar levels which is caused by the typical American diet loaded in simple carbohydrates.
Before you start taking medication for this condition you need to read this book. There are different types of LDL cholesterol and only one type is actually considered harmful.
Coronary heart disease (CHD) is caused by the build-up of fatty substances on the walls of the arteries around the heart. The build-up of these fatty deposits make the arteries narrower, restricting the flow of blood to the heart. This process is called atherosclerosis.
This can be caused by a number of lifestyle factors and conditions, including smoking, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes. Other risk factors include obesity and family history of CHD.
Symptoms can include:
- Chest pain - this can be a mild, uncomfortable feeling similar to indigestion.
- If the arteries become completely blocked by a build-up of fat it can cause a heart attack
- Heart palpitations
- Unusual breathlessness
Treating heart disease:
There is no cure for heart disease but treatment can help manage the symptoms and reduce the risk of any further problems. The main treatments are:
- Lifestyle changes - more exercise, healthy eating and stopping smoking can help prevent further effects of CHD.
- Medicines - they aim to reduce blood pressure and to widen arteries, these include beta-blockers, nitrates and calcium channel blockers.
- Surgery - If symptoms cannot be controlled by lifestyle changes or medication there are surgical procedures to open up or bypass blocked arteries.