Dr. McKendrick is right.

Low cholesterol level increases mortality

OK let’s talk about this. Approximately 95% (give or take) of the cholesterol that’s in your bloodstream comes from what your body produces for your body’s own needs. It is set genetically, and unless you’re one of those who has a truly elevated cholesterol above 300 (I know someone whose cholesterol was over 1500 when he was first diagnosed, now he’s happy with a 300) it’s probably not going to be what kills you.

Your brain is made of cholesterol. Your nerve sheaths are made of cholesterol. ALL OF YOUR SEX HORMONES ARE MADE OF CHOLESTEROL, AS ARE ALL OF YOUR OTHER HORMONES LIKE INSULIN. Every single cell in your body has a phosphoLIPID layer that maintains the integrity of the cell. LIPID. As in CHOLESTEROL. You know what is linked with increased risk of heart attack and stroke? With type II diabetes? Triglycerides. THOSE are diet related.

How many men are being treated for testosterone deficiency right now?   LOTS.  Why?  How many of them are on drugs for lowering cholesterol?  How many are overweight or obese, how many are also on cholesterol medications?  Fat produces estrogen, a fat generating hormone.  Estrogen increases your risk of clotting.  

Want to reduce your heart attack and stroke risk without drugs?  Want to reduce your risk of developing type II diabetes, which DRAMATICALLY increases your risk for heart attack and stroke?  Maintain a normal body weight.  Exercise.  Eat a lower carb diet rich in vegetables, proteins, and HEALTHY fats.  


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  1. Absolutely right – many thanks to you and Dr McKendrick. When I was practising as a family physician in Canada I had an endless procession of obese patients wanting their “annual physicals” including, of course, their cholesterol levels and various other bloodwork checked. This was an endless source of frustration for me because it seemed to me that these people didn’t need “annual physicals” – they just needed a mirror. They needed to take all their clothes off, stand in front of the mirror and then they would be able to see exactly what their medical problem was and what they needed to do about it.

    Unfortunately, the reality of modern day medical practice is that you need to follow the guidelines, even if these are ridiculous. If I depart from the guidelines and something goes wrong I am likely to get an army of well paid lawyers, medical regulators and guideline writing gurus on my case saying “WHY DIDN’T YOU FOLLOW THE GUIDELINES???”. So whatever I may think in private about the guidelines, I am bound to at least pay lip service to them in public, if I want to keep putting food on the table and a roof over my head for my family.


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