How To CORRECTLY Lower Cholesterol & Why | Summary and Q&A

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September 17, 2022
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How To CORRECTLY Lower Cholesterol & Why

TL;DR

Cholesterol is essential for life, but too much can lead to heart disease; lowering cholesterol through exercise, diet, and medication can reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

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Questions & Answers

Q: What is the role of lipoproteins in transporting cholesterol in the body?

Lipoproteins act as vehicles to transport cholesterol in the bloodstream to different cells, but some cholesterol can get deposited in blood vessel walls, causing blockages.

Q: Can all types of lipoproteins with the APO B tag contribute to the buildup of blockages in blood vessels?

Yes, all lipoproteins with the APO B tag, including LDL, IDL, and VLDL, have the potential to be deposited in blood vessel walls, leading to blockages.

Q: Can cholesterol levels get too low?

From the available clinical studies, there doesn't seem to be a limit for how low APO B levels can be brought. Lowering cholesterol levels through statins is considered safe and has shown significant reductions in heart attack rates and death rates.

Q: What lifestyle changes can help lower APO B lipoproteins?

Regular exercise has been shown to reduce cholesterol levels and lower heart attack rates. A healthy diet, particularly the Mediterranean diet, low in saturated fat and high in fiber, can also lower LDL cholesterol. However, medication may be necessary to reach optimal APO B levels for those who want to minimize their risk of heart attacks and live healthily past 100 years of age.

Q: Are all types of LDL cholesterol dangerous, or is it only the small dense LDL that poses a risk?

Contrary to the misconception, all types of lipoproteins with the APO B tag, including all types of LDL, can contribute to blockages in blood vessels. It is important to address all of them when aiming to reduce the risk of heart disease.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • Cholesterol is necessary for cell membranes, hormone production, and bile production.

  • Lipoproteins transport cholesterol in the blood, but some of it can get deposited in blood vessel walls, leading to blockages.

  • Lowering APO B lipoproteins, such as LDL cholesterol, through exercise, diet, and medication can significantly reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

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