HOW TO MAKE SENSE OF YOUR CHOLESTEROL LEVELS
25% of the cholesterol in your body is found in your brain.
75% of the cholesterol in your body is made by your liver.
25% comes from the foods you eat.
Cholesterol is a soft, white waxy substance found in every cell in your body. It is used to produce:
- Cell membranes
- Vitamin D
- Bile acids, and more
WHAT ARE THE TWO TYPES OF CHOLESTEROL?
Low-density lipoprotein (“bad” cholesterol) may build up in your arteries and form plaque. Plaque narrows your arteries and may develop into a clot, which may go to your heart or brain and cause a heart attack or stroke.
High-density lipoprotein (“good” cholesterol) helps keep cholesterol away from your arteries and removes any excess arterial plaque, helping prevent heart disease.
FACT: YOUR TOTAL CHOLESTEROL LEVEL IS NOT AN INDICATOR OF YOUR HEART DISEASE RISK
Also making up your total cholesterol count are:
Triglycerides - elevated levels of this dangerous fat may lead to diabetes and heart disease.
Lipoprotein (a) or Lp(a) - made up of an LDL cholesterol plus a protein (apoprotein a). High levels of this may also increase your risk for heart disease.
Total Cholesterol - The sum of your blood's cholesterol content, including HDL, LDLs, and very low-density lipoprotein (VLDLs).
20 years old and above - Urged by U.S. health officials to have their total cholesterol levels tested once every 5 years.
200 mg/dl Recommended total cholesterol level by the American Heart Association (AHA).
But... total cholesterol level is just about worthless in determining your risk for heart disease, unless it is above 330 mg/dl_!
WHAT ARE BETTER INDICATORS OF HEART DISEASE?
HDL/Cholesterol ratio Divide your HDL level by your cholesterol
- 24% and above Ideal percentage
- 10% and below Significant heart disease risk indicator
Triglyceride/HDL ratio Divide your triglycerides by your HDL level Ideal Ratio below2
How Low is Low Cholesterol?
- At least 200 mg/dL Optimum level
- Under 150 mg/dL Too low!
THE PITFALLS OF USING STATIN DRUGS
entire populations of Florida and Illinois combined!
One in four Americans ages 45 and older.
32 million Americans take statins or cholesterol-lowering drugs to “reduce their risk of heart disease”.
! HOWEVER !
Over 900 studies now prove that statins can have adverse, even deadly side effects.'" such as
- Muscle weakness
- Sexual dysfunction
- Cognitive loss
- Increased cancer risk
Familial hypercholesterolemia is a genetic defect that makes a person resistant to traditional measures of normalizing cholesterol. People born with this condition are the ONLY subgroup that might benefit from statins."'
If You Take Statins, You Should Take CoQ10!
Statin drugs deplete your body of Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), a cofactor essential for the creation of ATP molecules needed for cellular energy production. Depletion of CoQ10 in your body may lead to fatigue, muscle
weakness, soreness, and heart failure.
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