D.K. Have you ever heard of someone who suffered a heart attack, and yet he or she had a total cholesterol level that was in the “normal” range?
Dr. Crandall explains how that can happen:
“Unfortunately, it’s not that uncommon. And now we know why. We’re learning that it is not only the amount of LDL (bad) cholesterol in your blood that’s important. The size of the particles that comprise that cholesterol is also a major factor in heart health.”
- In fact, there are two sizes of cholesterol which scientists call Pattern A and Pattern B.
- Pattern A Particles are large, “fluffy” and harmless.
- Pattern B Particles are tiny and can burrow into the walls of your coronary arteries causing a vulnerability to a buildup of fatty deposits. This leads to hardening of the arteries. People who are told their LDL cholesterol is in the safe range could be given a false sense of security if their LDL cholesterol is made up of Pattern B Particles.
Advanced Lipid Test is Dr. Crandall’s recommendation which will show the amount of Particle B Particles you have.
D.K. Dr. Crandall is concerned about high cholesterol because “it is a risk factor for Alzheimer’s. Any reduction in blood flow damages the brain, and can pave the way for Alzheimer’s Disease,” he says.
“A large body of research has demonstrated that high cholesterol in middle age increases risk for Alzheimer’s. In those with the highest cholesterol, researchers found that 86% had brain plaque characteristic of Alzheimer’s compared to 62% in the people who had the lowest cholesterol levels. Other studies have demonstrated similar results.”…Dr. Crandall
The importance of a plant-based, whole food diet:
Dr. Crandall says “the most effective way to target all the risk factors for Alzheimer’s, including high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity is to adopt this plant-based, whole food diet. This is the same heart healthy plan that also protects the brain.
Vitamin E, an antioxidant, combats oxidation, a natural by-product of metabolism that can damage brain cells.
The vitamin Folic Acid helps lower the level of a chemical in the blood called homocysteine, which has been linked to both heart disease and Alzheimer’s.
To get these vitamins, eat foods such as:
- Olive oil
- Whole Grains
- Seeds and Nuts
- Collard Greens
- Suggested Fish……Wild Alaskan Salmon, Sardines, Herring, Sable Fish because they contain Omega-3 Fatty Acids that protect the brain.
D.K. Web MD and Prevention Magazine has many tips on lowering cholesterol naturally. I found many food suggestions on the internet.
Are you on a statin drugs?
If so, Dr. Mercola’s video on cholesterol and statin drugs might be of interest. It is found on You Tube: Statin Drugs: What You Need to Know
The information is 5 years old, but I have heard other medical authorities recently question statins. If you are on a statin, it has been documented that it does deplete your Co Q 10 levels. I will add that info in the near future.
As always, I am presenting information for your research and consultation with your medical adviser.
As always, wishing you a happy and healthy future!!
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