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Looking upstream for high cholesterol

High cholesterol is something that people often contact me about and yet it has been shown that higher cholesterol = lower heart disease risk and longer lifespan. See the link to new research which shows that lowering cholesterol has had absolutely no effect on cardiovascular disease… but statins have cost the NHS (and gained the pharmaceutical industry) A LOT of money.

Then look at the Numbers Needed To Treat for statins:

For those with known heart disease:

  • 1 out of every 83 people taking statins had their life saved
  • 1 out of every 39 people taking statins prevented a fatal heart attack
  • 1 out of every 125 people taking statins prevented a stroke

This is undoubtedly excellent news for the 1 person helped in each of these cases.  But what about the other 82, 39 and 124 respectively for whom statins had no effect?  But, wait a minute…. what about the corresponding numbers needed to harm?

  • 1 out of every 50 people taking statins developed diabetes
  • 1 out of every 10 people taking statins developed muscle damage.

So the risks of statins (1 in 10) far outweigh the benefits of 1 in 39 ….. by almost 200% ….

Cholesterol is not the enemy.

The liver produces far more cholesterol than one could ever eat.  So really the question to ask is “Why is my liver producing this much cholesterol?”  It could be inflammation, sleep issues, etc.

Cholesterol is the building block for all of hormones. So maybe another self-question would be: “What hormone does my liver think that I need more of? And why?”

That’s the difference between traditional medicine (treating the symptom of high cholesterol) and functional medicine (looking upstream to see why you have the symptom in the first place).

I’m here if you’d like us to investigate this together.