It is the 4th of July and many of us may be enjoying the Holiday BBQ which may include hot dogs, hamburgers, potato salads, chips…etc.
Are some of these foods artery clogging foods that may contribute to CVD? Maybe. Is cholesterol a good measure of CVD risk? Here is a write up that discusses triglycerides, cholesterol:
My primary objection to statins are: is cholesterol the best measure for risk of CVD? Does lowering cholesterol necessarily lead to better health? I recall having read a study (can’t recall where or which one) that may have indicated that a very large numbers of people would need to be medicated in order to “save” the one individual from a heart attack. While I certainly understand that if I am the one saved, I’d be grateful to have taken the statin. But what about all the others who took the statin without any benefit? If someone can locate the article, it would be great.
The medical community is quite divided on the need to use statins to lower cholesterol to reduce CVD risks. IIRC several of the doctors who advocate LCHF have stated that there does not appear to be a strong correlation between reducing cholesterol and achieving good health. On the other hand, there appears to be a stronger correlation between high triglycerides and poor health.
Having said all this, my tendency is to avoid medication if at all possible. Achieve good health from diet, exercise, lifestyle change, meditate, tai chi, do yoga, or whatever and medicate almost as a last resort. This is just my opinion. I think that there are potential side effects from medications that big pharma do not share with the public. Do you recall Resulin? The “miracle” drug of today may be “determined” to be unsafe at a later point in time.
Incidentally, our brain needs cholesterol to function properly. http://www.drperlmutter.com/brain-needs-cholesterol/