For the past 30 years the mainstream has been brainwashing us with the message that our cholesterol levels are the biggest risk factor for cardiovascular disease… Not a diet laden with trans-fats and excessive sugary foods, not a sedentary lifestyle and not smoking…
No, the thing that puts all of us at risk is a naturally-occurring substance found in our bodies that is absolutely essential for normal biological functions, like the formation of cell membranes and the synthesis of vitamin D and other hormones, to mention but a few of its many benefits.
While very high cholesterol levels can have a negative impact on your health, the same can also be said about ridiculously low levels — like those currently recommended by the mainstream. Not to mention the side effect-ridden cholesterol-lowering statin drugs, prescribed to millions of people across the globe, touted as the golden bullet for perfect heart health.
The bottom line: The mainstream’s misguided approach to heart health simply doesn’t make sense. And now a new study, published in the European Heart Journal, proves this.
The results of this latest study were based on a random selection of 8,895 men and women between the ages of 25-74 whose heart attack and stroke risk factors were monitored over a period of 20 years.
The Norwegian researchers found that there had been a general decrease in cholesterol levels among the participants. The researchers noted that while cholesterol-lowering drugs contributed in only a third of the participants lower cholesterol levels, the biggest contribution came from a change in lifestyle (a healthier diet in particular). On average the participants’ blood cholesterol levels decreased from 6.2 to 5.5 mmol/L.
A third of participants “benefiting” from taking cholesterol-lowering drugs still seems like a fair amount. However, compared to two thirds not taking these drugs and still managing to achieve healthy cholesterol levels is pretty impressive.
Unfortunately, despite the fact that the results of this study speak for themselves, the researchers still encouraged the use of cholesterol-lowering drugs. Marie Eriksson, associate professor and statistician at Umeå University and co-author of the study, said: “There is still room for improvement, both by continuously encouraging an improved lifestyle and through the use of medical drugs.”
It only goes to show how the mainstream is entrenched with the idea of pushing drugs to people as a means to achieve optimal health, while the real and lasting benefits of a healthy and active lifestyle, and a balanced diet are still being completely underplayed.
I guess living healthily simply won’t fill the pockets of Big Pharma… and any patient who stops taking his or her drugs is in essence a customer lost.
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Improved lifestyle led to decreased cholesterol and less cardiac death, published online 03.03.2016, eurekalert.org
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