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What Causes High Cholesterol?

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  • Missing in this article: If you become hypothyroid, or if your thyroid medication needs to be adjusted, it will also affect your cholesterol. At a yearly checkup, both my TSH and cholesterol were a little high. An adjustment of my thyroid medication fixed BOTH numbers! - 11/26/2011 8:28:07 AM
  • There has never been any proof that cholesterol in the diet (or fat for that matter) has any effect on cholesterol levels in the body. In fact, studies have shown the opposite. Those put on low fat, low cholesterol diets actually ended up having higher cholesterol than the control groups. I'm disappointed that Sparkpeople didn't do their research with this one. - 10/13/2011 6:24:13 AM
    "There's no connection whatsoever between cholesterol in food and cholesterol in blood. And we've known that all along. Cholesterol in the diet doesn't matter at all unless you happen to be a chicken or a rabbit." Ancel Keys, Ph.D., professor emeritus at the University of Minnesota 1997.

    Ancel Keys, the father of the diet-heart hypothesis and once sat on the board of the American Heart Association, recanted the idea that dietary cholesterol has any bearing on cholesterol in the blood and therefore has no bearing on heart disease.

    Outdated article is outdated. High cholesterol does not always equal heart disease. And high cholesterol does not cause heart disease. High cholesterol itself can be caused by stressful conditions that can cause heart disease like stress, overweight, smoking, poor diet (low nutrient diets with lots of refined carbohydrates and processed vegetable oils). Cholesterol is a vitally important substance in the body, especially for healing, so if you have damaged arteries you're going to find cholesterol. Just like when there's a fire you're going to have fire trucks, but getting rid of the fire trucks doesn't put out fires.

    I recommend everyone read 'The Cholesterol Myths: Exposing the Fallacy That Saturated Fat and Cholesterol Cause Heat Disease' - by Uffe Ravnskov, MD, PhD - 5/30/2011 10:11:14 AM
  • I never knew the connection between high cholesterol and hypothyroidism, but it does make a lot of sense. Thanks! - 5/30/2011 4:10:11 AM
  • Now I know what to do and how to eat. With diabetes, I gotta be extra careful with cholesterol. Thanks Nicole! - 12/20/2010 5:28:39 AM
  • Thanks Nicole, for once I understand my risks. Now it's time for me to take action. - 11/15/2010 2:01:46 PM
  • Noticeably absent is the medically proven fact that undetected, and / or subclinical, hypothyroidism = high cholesterol. When is the last time you had your thyroid checked? - 11/9/2010 9:48:19 PM
  • Great article. A reminder of how to balance our diet and exercise to help us inside and out! - 3/1/2010 8:54:40 AM
    Thank you, Nicole, for such a well written and thorough article. You've increased my awareness about all the factors that contribute to cholesterol. - 8/22/2009 11:15:54 AM
  • This is a very good article. I never really knew what the facts were regarding high cholesterol. Thanks for this! - 3/26/2009 10:13:14 PM
  • Excellent article! I am a physician, and that article gives a clear explanation about cholesterol and is very accurate. Outstanding job, Nicole! - 3/26/2009 12:16:21 PM
  • Very nice article!! You write it so it is simple and easy to understand as well as offering solutions to lower risks!
    Excellent!! Thank you! - 11/21/2008 11:37:30 AM
  • Great article. Thanks. I'm reading the book "Sugarbusters" and learning a lot about insulin. - 9/5/2008 6:45:28 AM
  • Thanks for the easy to understand definition of high cholestrol. I can finally understand why I must make the changes that my doctor has requested me to make. It all makes sense. - 7/1/2008 6:06:36 PM

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