Take a cholesterol drug or change your diet
The Many Vital Roles of Cholesterol and the Myths & Truths
“Its like blaming the ambulance for blocking the road not the car crash”
Through a complex system of hormonal checks and balances, our bodies know when to make more cholesterol, and when to back off as dietary supply meets daily needs.
Forming the backbone for numerous steroid hormones manufactured in the ovaries, testicles and adrenal glands, cholesterol plays a critical role in controlling the body’s stress response, defence system, sexual development, and numerous other metabolic functions. It’s also a major component of cholecalciferol (also known as Vitamin D3, made in skin exposed to sunlight), which assures proper absorption of calcium and phosphorus, maintains normal muscle tone and takes part in several immune and reproductive processes.
Other studies have shown that cholesterol can bind to and inactivate a broad array of toxic substances. This ties in nicely with the observation that low blood levels are associated with higher incidence of cancers. Makes sense that if you remove a substance which can neutralize carcinogenic substances, you’re likely to see increases in tumour formation.
It was research in the fifties that first led to the connection with heart disease and this has stayed despite further research in modern times. It’s now known that cholesterol is one of the body’s repair substances- an anti-oxidant band-aid of sorts. When we eat artery damaging foods like hydrogenated and trans-fat laden vegetable oils, excess refined sugar, white flour, and, of course, over-cooked animal products, ‘good’ cholesterol levels will rise in response to the assault, attempting to moderate the damage.
The modern day tendency to address the symptom (rather than the problem) by taking drugs to lower blood levels of cholesterol is stopping the natural balance of this necessary component rather than preventing the arterial damage caused by bad diet. Its rather like blaming the ambulance for blocking the road rather than the car crash
Cholesterol in cell membranes makes cells waterproof so there can be a different chemistry on the inside and the outside of the cell.
Cholesterol is nature’s repair substance, used to repair wounds, including tears and irritations in the arteries.
Many important hormones are made of cholesterol, including hormones that regulate mineral metabolism and blood sugar, hormones that help us deal with stress, and all the sex hormones, such as testosterone, oestrogen and progesterone.
Cholesterol is vital to the function of the brain and nervous system.
Cholesterol protects us against depression; it plays a role in the utilization of serotonin, the body’s “feel-good” chemical.
The bile salts, needed for the digestion of fats, are made from cholesterol.
What happens when I eat healthy and exercise but still increase weight?
If a dieter who is keeping to a regimented workout regime, with high protein low carbohydrate intake then this should suffice. When it is clear that this extreme behaviour is still not shifting unwanted fat from certain areas of the body, through the understanding and knowledge of a consulting health professional this dieter could have a metabolic syndrome/disorder