posted on Dec, 4 2012 @ 03:22 PM
reply to post by FissionSurplus
This is what we are told, over and over again: High levels of cholesterol clog arteries and lead to heart attacks. Lower the cholesterol, and you
won't get a heart attack. Sounds simple enough, right? They complicate it up a bit with the idea that there is "bad" cholesterol (LDL, or low
density lipoprotein), and "good" cholesterol (HDL, or high density lipoprotein). They recommend a diet low in saturated fat and high in grains,
veggies and fruit to raise the HDL and lower the LDL. Triglycerides are thrown in the mix as well. They tell us to take statins to lower cholesterol
and prevent heart attacks. There has even been talk of dumping statins into our municipal water supplies to "protect us all". Although statins have
a slew of side effects, they still claim it's worth the risk.
Well, statins actually do in fact help with lowering the risk of heart disease. There is a plethora of studies and having learned about this in school
I can say for a fact that they do help.
For patients with coronary artery disease, the reduced rate of progression of atherosclerosis associated with intensive statin treatment, as
compared with moderate statin treatment, is significantly related to greater reductions in the levels of both atherogenic lipoproteins and
Further reductions in LDL cholesterol safely produce definite further reductions in the incidence of heart attack, of revascularisation, and of
ischaemic stroke, with each 1·0 mmol/L reduction reducing the annual rate of these major vascular events by just over a fifth. There was no evidence
of any threshold within the cholesterol range studied, suggesting that reduction of LDL cholesterol by 2—3 mmol/L would reduce risk by about
Adding the results from the statin trials confirmed our original conclusion that lowering cholesterol is clinically beneficial. The relationships
(slope) between cholesterol lowering and reduction in CHD and total mortality risk became stronger, and the standard error of the estimated slopes
decreased by about half. Use of statins does not increase non-CHD mortality risk. The effect of the statins on CHD and total mortality risk can be
explained by their lipid-lowering ability and appears to be directly proportional to the degree to which they lower lipids.
The benefits of simvastatin were additional to those of other cardioprotective treatments. The annual excess risk of myopathy with this regimen
was about 0.01%. There were no significant adverse effects on cancer incidence or on hospitalisation for any other non-vascular cause. Interpretation
Adding simvastatin to existing treatments safely produces substantial additional benefits for a wide range of high-risk patients, irrespective of
their initial cholesterol concentrations. Allocation to 40 mg simvastatin daily reduced the rates of myocardial infarction, of stroke, and of
revascularisation by about one-quarter.
Ok, as we have seen we have American and a foreign study that I picked up coming to the same conclusions. The title of the huffington post states: Why
Cholesterol May Not Be
the Cause Of Heart Disease. By the title alone, he is offering a theory, that in reality, may not be mutually
exclusive to lowering of Cholesterol.
I did research all afternoon, and I couldn't find one single credible source which says that cholesterol is directly and solely responsible for heart
disease. I believe that high cholesterol is a sign that our bodies are feeling under attack. Cholesterol manufactures vitamin D, which is an important
vitamin for our immune systems. Blaming cholesterol for heart disease is like blaming firemen when they show up to fight a fire. Also makes you wonder
why they don't want even children in the sunshine without sunscreen, as sunshine also helps create vitamin D...but I digress...
Your vitamin D theory is half accurate; also NOT blaming cholesterol for heart disease is like laughing at thousands of doctors, who have trained and
learned about these systems.
If you wear sunscreen with SPF 30 on all exposed skin whenever you spend time outside, you reduce your body's ability to make vitamin D by 95
percent to 99 percent, according to a July 2010 Fox News report. However, most people don't actually use sunscreen as directed, and don't actually
cover all exposed skin. This makes the sunscreen less effective.