Today’s blog is covering the controversial topic of cholesterol and statins.
Before I get to some cool cholesterol facts, I want to talk about the health & medical information that is passed onto us by those we are told to trust.
How many of you have heard over the years that a high cholesterol count is a predictor of poor health and that you are going to keel over and have a heart attack if you don’t cut out all the fat from your diet straight away?
I’m guessing most of you have heard it sometime, from somewhere that is supposed to be an authority on health.
The message is not new, it comes from our doctors, magazines and health journals, etc., and we trust that the news comes from proper research and people who are qualified to interpret it and subsequently share it.
I spend a great deal of my free time reading studies and journal articles about topics that related to my master’s research and to areas that I am personally interested.
My constant reading of a diverse range of material from differing sources affords me a greater understanding of the topic I am reading. It makes sense.
When I visit my GP, I assume (yes I know, assumption makes an ass out of you and me), that my doctor is well read. I believe that they, in the capacity of a medical professional, will adhere to their charter and continue to incorporate professional development and new science-based medical information into their practice, for the benefit of their patients’ health & wellbeing.
We are all busy, with families, jobs, and commitments and personal problems of our own, and I understand very well that committing to continuous improvement outside of working hours is difficult…
However, it has been drummed into me as a registered nurse, that it is part of my professional qualification that I am to seek out new evidence-based therapies or studies that will assist my patients to get to better health.
I expect my doctor or anyone else in the health game to do the same. It’s part of their job description. You should expect it too.
When you ingest cholesterol from your food, should you be worried?
According to Cholesterol Clarity, only 15 percent of the dietary forms of cholesterol that you eat get utilized by your body, the rest is discarded.
Eggs are the food that most people worry. I eat lots of them, and my cholesterol levels are just fine. Eggs are a great source of protein and are essential in my ketogenic diet. Also I am taking keto protein powder that is also a low in carbs (great review of low-carb keto protein powders)
The best part of the egg is the yolk with a plethora of vitamins and minerals in eggs are a terrific source of dietary cholesterol.…