April 23, 2014

Is Inflammation, Not LDL Cholesterol, the Real Culprit Behind Heart Disease?

Cholesterol artery Is Inflammation, Not LDL Cholesterol, the Real Culprit Behind Heart Disease?

by Dr John Briffa
The Cholesterol Truth

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Cholesterol in the body is carried around the bloodstream in the form of what are called ‘lipoproteins’. The two main lipoproteins are so-called low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-cholesterol) and high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-cholesterol). Conventional wisdom tells us that HDL-C is a marker for cholesterol being cleared from the inside of the arteries, while LDL-C has the capacity to deposit itself in the artery wall. Because of this, HDL-C and LDL-C are often dubbed ‘good’ and ‘bad’ cholesterol respectively.

Many doctors have been encouraged to focus on LDL-C, and ensure that their patients’ levels of this substance remain below a predetermined set point. However, the fact remains that no studies have ever tested the effect of treating LDL-C levels (with medication and/or diet) to below a certain point. It will seem far-fetched to some that the core strategy used in cholesterol management has not been adequately tested, and things get even more unbelievable when it turns out that LDL-C is not even a particularly good marker for heart disease.

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