Ahad, 29 April 2012

Low Cholesterol Levels Increases Cancer Risk

Low Cholesterol Levels Increases Cancer Risk - American College of Cardiology

For years, I’ve been telling my patients that the medical establishment’s obsession with lowering cholesterol to prevent heart disease is causing more harm than good. If your doctor continues to get you worried about your high cholesterol levels, here’s a bit of news for you…In fact, your high cholesterol may be protecting you from cancer.
Today, I’ll explain the truth behind the myth of cholesterol, and show you how to achieve heart health naturally. A new study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology revealed that driving down cholesterol levels actually increases the risk of cancer. Researchers at the Tufts University School of Medicine found that among people taking “statin” drugs – like Lipitor and Zocor – there was a higher rate of cancer. Although the link between the drugs and cancer wasn’t clear, there was no doubt that drastically low cholesterol levels correlated to cancer risk. The big drug makers continue to sell the notion that the best way to fight heart disease is to lower LDL levels, the so-called “bad” cholesterol. Yet 75 percent of people who suffer heart attacks have normal cholesterol levels. It makes sense that low cholesterol levels are linked to cancer because cholesterol is one of your body’s basic building blocks. You need it to produce testosterone, to build and repair cell membranes, and to preserve your nerve cells through the formation of the protective “sheaths” that cover them. Starving your body of this critical substance will lead to other health problems. We already know that extremely low cholesterol levels result in muscle weakness, fatigue, depression, decreased sex drive, and “brain fog.” This new research shows that there may be even more deadly consequences.

What really matters is not low “bad” cholesterol, but high levels of HDL, the so-called “good” cholesterol. As long as you have a high HDL count – 75 to 80, for example – it doesn’t matter whether your total cholesterol is 150 or 350. A high HDL will always keep your risk of heart disease extremely low. So why haven’t you heard this already? It may be because there’s no drug that effectively raises good cholesterol levels. You can only effectively do it naturally. Consume natural fats. Avoid processed or fast foods containing “trans” fats – these man-made substances were never meant for consumption, and your body doesn’t know what to do with them. They wind up clogging your arteries and putting you on the fast track to heart disease.
Instead, get your fat from free-range or grass-fed animals, eggs, nuts, and unprocessed vegetable oils. These are some of the healthiest foods you can eat. (As with all foods, look for organic or minimally processed options whenever possible.) The health benefit of these natural fats comes from their balance of Omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3s are great for your heart. They’ve been shown to prevent irregular heartbeat, reduce clogging of the arteries, lower blood pressure, and decrease inflammation in body tissues.

If you stick to eating natural fats, you’ll automatically get the right ratio of Omega-6 and Omega-3, which is about 2:1. As an added bonus, you’ll automatically raise your “good” cholesterol levels and you’ll reduce your risk of cancer.

To Your Good Health,
Al Sears, MD

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