High Cholesterol, there is no proof...

Cholesterol Levels???

Have you heard this before?

High cholesterol levels are dangerous and can cause severe damage to your heart.

Did you know that there is absolutely no scientifically proven correlation between total cholesterol levels and the possibility you’ll develop heart disease.

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The drugs to treat this aren’t cures; they’re just treatments to cover up the symptoms and of course are designed for people to stay on for the rest of their lives.

The truth is that as long as your HDL is high enough you have very little risk of heart disease and potentially need no help from prescription medications.

It’s considered the most reliable source of data on heart disease- The Framingham Heart Study. It has no interference from drug companies, commercials or media hype.

Over the past 60 years it has proven that high levels of HDLs are directly related to a lower risk of heart disease. It showed that increasing HDL can reduce coronary disease regardless of LDL cholesterol.1. It is quite simple to understand. Its plaque build-up that really causes heart disease and attacks – HDL removes plaque from your arteries – definitely not cholesterol.

Here are 5 drug free ways to raise your HDL levels.

1.    Increase Omega 3. Fish, beef, poultry, nuts, olives, eggs are all good fats. Of course cod liver/omega supplements are a great source.

2.    Increase protein – lower carbohydrates. We’ve seen this with a number of our patients, replacing a number of carbohydrates with healthy proteins will lower triglycerides and raise your HDL.

3.    Exercise. I know you’ve heard it all before. High intensity and short durations work best – circuit type training. This is very important in avoiding heart attacks and it also raises your HDL.

4.    Niacin. Has been found to raise HDL levels by as much as 24%. Best food sources are liver, beef, chicken, tomatoes, avocadoes and nuts. If supplementing around 500mg per day.

5.    Have a glass of wine! You may well laugh. One glass of wine a day decreases cholesterol levels and increases antioxidants.

You must get control of you own health; make decisions based on fact and not from commercials or media reports.

Here’s to great health.

Dr Dan Quistorff

1. Castiglioni, A. and Neuman, W.R., “HDL Cholesterol: What is its true clinical significance?” Emergency Medicine Jan. 2003; 30-42


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