Healthy lifestyle: the race is on to fight heart disease
Modern medicine is great for fighting acute illnesses, drugs can save lives and are needed – in most cases. Chronic disease is a whole different matter. Treating symptoms is a major cost to the economy and is not the solution. The drugs are also not without side effects. A group of cholesterol-lowering drugs called “statins” has been reported to weaken our muscles, the most important of which is our heart.
The race is on to find new ways to fight heart disease, while still focusing on cholesterol. I just read a study on a new gene silencing jab that targets your liver cells and blocks genes to make LDL cholesterol – claiming it gets to the bottom of the disease.
However, cholesterol is not the cause, just the intermediary in cardiovascular disease.
Cholesterol levels can be higher than normal for many reasons. Our liver constitutes 80% of it and the rest that we absorb through our food. For many years, eggs were doomed for their cholesterol content, until recent research indicated that those who ate more eggs had lower cholesterol levels… The reason is that the nutrients in eggs help break down cholesterol and support your liver function.
When it comes to dietary changes, the most important thing is to cut back on sugar and high carbohydrate intake. The excess glucose in the blood is turned into fat in your liver and all new fat needs a ‘bus’ to transport it to storage – and that bus is low density cholesterol! Dietary fat, on the other hand, helps break down cholesterol via the production of bile – we just need to make sure it doesn’t get reabsorbed. Fiber and probiotics are helpful here.
Our genetic makeup also determines our normal levels, it is very individual. People with hypothyroidism and women after menopause have higher cholesterol levels, simply because cholesterol is the raw material for our hormones, and if we make less of it, as in the case of low thyroid function. or at menopause, the liver continues to make the raw material. for a moment. It’s completely natural, and our job is to help the body shed excess – naturally.
Cholesterol is essential for life, as a vital component of cell membranes and hormones, transporting many essential nutrients including omega oils and selenium. Unsurprisingly, low cholesterol damages cell membranes, affecting the nervous system and the ability to deal with stress. Low cholesterol predisposes to cancer: Among populations with low cholesterol, about three times more people die of cancer than their counterparts with high cholesterol.
High cholesterol is just one of the many factors that can contribute to cardiovascular disease. The main problem behind the hardening and narrowing of blood vessels is inflammation and damage from inflammatory cytokines, a byproduct called homocysteine, and high blood sugar levels. Once the blood vessel is damaged, adhesion molecules are recruited and cholesterol can build up on scar tissue and eventually calcify. All of this is not prevented by simply lowering cholesterol levels.