by Elizabeth Walling
October 26, 2011
About the author:
Elizabeth Walling is a freelance writer specializing in
health and family nutrition. She is a strong believer in
natural living as a way to improve health and prevent
modern disease. She enjoys thinking outside of the box
and challenging common myths about health and wellness.
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This new study counters
the cholesterol hoax that has been pushed by
Big Pharma to sell
billions of dollars worth of dangerous statin drugs.
If the diagnosis of high cholesterol sounds like a death sentence to
your ears, you may be the victim of cholesterol propaganda.
It's not uncommon to believe that lower is better when it comes to
cholesterol, but new research shows otherwise.
In fact, a
recent study in Norway says women
with high cholesterol,
...than those with lower cholesterol.
Cholesterol Save Your Life?
Researchers at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology
looked at 52,087 individuals between the ages of 20 and 74.
After adjusting for factors like age,
smoking and blood pressure, researchers found women with high
cholesterol (more than 270 mg/dl) had a 28 percent lower mortality
risk than women with low cholesterol (under 193 mg/dl). Risk for
heart disease, cardiac arrest and stroke also declined as
cholesterol levels rose.
The researchers involved in the study admit this contradicts
commonly accepted beliefs about cholesterol. They say current
guideline information is misleading because the role of cholesterol
in heart disease is overestimated.
These results fly in the face of what most of us have been told
Our misconceptions about cholesterol may
in fact be endangering countless lives. For instance, millions of
people are prescribed
statin drugs to lower their
cholesterol levels, believing that this will save their lives. Not
only do statin drugs come with a plethora of dangerous side effects,
but now the very premise of their existence is also brought into
Our focus on lowering cholesterol to prevent heart disease and
mortality is misplaced. It also fails to serve in the best interest
of our health and wellness. In fact, the dogmatic belief that
cholesterol must be lowered appears to best serve pharmaceutical
companies, which profit from cholesterol-lowering drugs.
Better results will be achieved when we develop a more well-rounded
focus on other risks for heart disease, which include,
a sedentary lifestyle
a poor diet
As an added bonus, these factors aren't
dangerous pharmaceutical drugs, but
with simple, healthful lifestyle changes.