When I was 18 and in the best shape of my life I tested for high cholesterol.
Hereditary. I still have high cholesterol, but low triglycerides, and good
cardio health. Cholesterol is NOT the problem, inflammation is. Meanwhile, the
"cure" (i.e. statins) is worse than the disease. Fact is that studies
show that pre-treating high cholesterol with statins prior to evidence of
cardiovascular disease is ineffective. Plus, the incidence of stroke and heart
attack in people with acceptable cholesterol levels is nearly as high as those
with high cholesterol. Also, there are more "types" of cholesterol than
just HDL and LDL -- the molecular structure of the cholesterol factors into
whether it will contribute to blockages or not. Oh yeah, and cholesterol is
essential for cell repair, and plays a role in the prevention of cancer. Bottom
line: The "cholesterol is bad" school of thought (i.e. the AMA's
de-facto position) is way over-simplified -- to the enrichment of drug
companies, and the health detriment of the average American.
The results of the study suggest that high cholesterol is a symptom of a
widespread problem with the American diet (and probably to a lesser extent,
exercise). The DN article has a huge emphasis on screening, but would have been
more valuable had it focused on what diet changes are needed. If screening
doesn't motivate the proper diet changes, it is not the answer. Doctors
and pharmaceutical companies need incentives to help Americans eat right.
Increasing dependence on statin drugs and surgery means that doctors and
pharmaceutical companies may have a disincentive to fix the problem.
have they learn to play tag, ride a bike, or have a wagon to pull, Probably not
if they don't have a place to play.
High cholesterom among preteens... Not surprising when one looks at what is
promoted as tasty food to kids. But also at church we often fail with activity
snacks, barbecues, potluck fun, and candy rewards. As Mormons we have the Word
of Wisdom, but are its principles always well applied, even in church?