Cholesterol myth

According to a new study conducted by researchers from the University of Surrey, eating eggs does not significantly raise the body’s cholesterol levels.

The researchers reviewed the results of several different studies on eggs and nutrition, concluding that eggs did not contribute significantly to the body’s cholesterol levels. Although eggs are in fact a high-cholesterol food, the researchers note that only one-third of the body’s cholesterol comes from dietary sources; the rest is produced by the body from saturated fats. As a consequence, saturated fat intake plays a far more significant role.

The misconception linking egg to high blood cholesterol and heart disease must be corrected, researcher Bruce Griffin said.

The amount of bad fat in our diet exerts an effect on blood cholesterol that is several times greater than the relatively small amounts of dietary cholesterol.

There are several other factors that contribute to high cholesterol, such as:

  • Obesity
  • Age
  • Gender
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Some medications
  • Low thyroid
  • Heredity

The size of the LDL cholesterol particles is more important than the total LDL cholesterol number in predicting the risk for heart disease. Unfortunately most doctors are not aware of it.

When it comes to cholesterol, less is usually better. But cholesterol particles come in all different shapes and sizes. And scientists have found that some of these types are actually more dangerous than others. They have discovered that when it comes to the individual particle size, bigger may be better.

Cholesterol is the waxy, fat-like substance we hear so much about. It’s an important part of a healthy body, but sometimes ( not always) too much of it in the blood can oxidize and become a  risk for coronary heart diseases or stroke

Tell your doctor to check your cholesterol particle size (VAP test).

So why might the size of the particles be important?

Many scientists believe that the smaller LDL cholesterol particles are more dangerous because they can more easily squeeze between the cells that line the walls of the arteries. These smaller particles may also be more easily oxidized, a process which has been found to play a role in forming the cholesterol plaques. So bigger and more buoyant LDL particles are thought to be less harmful and pose less risk for heart disease.

What determines particle size?

The size of LDL cholesterol particles is primarily inherited. The good news is that many individuals who have small LDL particles may be able to increase their particle size through:

  • Anti-inflammatory diet
  • Exercise
  • Weight loss

My 8 principles for healthy aging have been shown to decrease the number of small LDL particles and increase the number of larger LDL particles. These include :

With Dr Chapman (integrative physician), we have seen so many patients who have been able to lower their cholesterol with these principles and without any drugs.

A good lifestyle personal trainer will teach you what kind of fat you must eat.

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