Tom Ballard, ND's blog


The Myth of Cholesterol and Heart Disease

Did you know that most people who suffer from heart disease do not have high cholesterol? And, normal cholesterol doesn’t protect you from heart disease.

High cholesterol is not a disease, it’s a sign. It is one of many risk factors for developing heart disease. Uric acid, triglycerides, C-reactive protein and apolipoprotein levels are a few of the other risk factors. Your percentage of body fat and waist:hip ratio (belly fat) are better predictors of chronic disease than cholesterol.

So, why is so much emphasis placed on cholesterol?

Maybe because it was one of the first risk-factors discovered. Maybe because very profitable drugs have been developed to lower cholesterol.

If you want a true picture of your risk of heart disease, look at all your risk factors. Then start on drug-free, all-natural therapies that address the cause.

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