Is that for real?
I was shocked when my ex-colleague told me that latest research shows that there’s no link between cholesterol and heart disease! A online search even shows news articles with sensational headlines such as “Bad cholesterol ‘helps you live longer’ ”. This is contrary to conventional view where high blood cholesterol is identified as a major risk factor for heart disease.
Understanding more about cholesterol..
Cholesterol is a fatty substance known as a lipid. It’s mainly made by the liver, but can also be found in some foods. It is vital for normal body functioning as it is needed to form cell membranes, synthesize hormones, vitamin D and other substances. Cholesterol is carried through the bloodstream attached to proteins called lipoproteins which can be categorized further as below. Danger arises when cholesterol builds up in blood arteries which restrict blood flow hence resulting in various heart disease such as atherosclerosis, hypertension etc.
Understanding more about the controversial research..
Given the claim is rather controversial, it is only logical to understand the research more (e.g. methodology, data population etc) before accepting the claim in entirety. Fortunately, UK National Health Services (NHS) has published an article which provides in-depth review of the controversial research finding (link: http://www.nhs.uk/news/2016/06June/Pages/Study-say-theres-no-link-between-cholesterol-and-heart-disease.aspx). It is an insightful analysis and below are some key limitations highlighted for the controversial research finding.
Would you take a chance to risk it?
I wouldn’t as I know I am a millionaire! Life is good and I intend to live my life to the fullest. Imagine lying in a bed, staring at the ceiling, unable to move and feed yourself and waiting for someone to turn and feed you. Next, imagine this routine REPEATS for 5 years. This is what my grandmother is going through as she suffered from a stroke in 2011 and has since been staying at nursing home. Not only did she lose her mobility, she is losing her mind (dementia) too.
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