As savvy practitioners, we need always to question what the medical media promotes. Our ability to simply AND accurately educate and inspire our patients depends on it! When they better understand the biochemical dynamics that are at play within their body, the people we serve are much more likely to take ownership for optimizing them those dynamics with their lifestyle choices.
In today’s Clinical Tip I will bust a myth what the common medical media calls the “bad’ cholesterol. LDL is not the end-all-be-all indicator of “cardio badness” that the medical media has played it out to be. Perhaps to your surprise, LDL is a critical player in more ways than one. For instance, LDL is responsible for repairing cell membranes and damaged tissues. Without LDL our tissues also wouldn’t get the cholesterol they need to synthesize steroid hormone – which means no progesterone, no fertility, no testosterone, no libido, no sex. Don’t get me wrong: LDL can wreak havoc, but solely blaming it as the #1 cause for cardiovascular disease is misleading. It’s like blaming the presence of many policemen in an area of high crime. Would that help address the true root cause of crime?
It’s not that LDL doesn’t matter; it does! But the beneficial vs. dangerous properties of LDL is highly dependent on other factors. In our effort to make medical concepts simple, we sometimes distill them down to the point where the truth is lost amidst the simplicity. Our LDL will be directed toward beneficial vs. dangerous behavior based on the extent of inflammation and oxidative stress present in our arteries – which is dependent on other factors such as blood sugar control, antioxidant status, immune system strength, detoxification capability, gut health, nutrient sufficiency, and activity level. Studies show that over half the people in the hospital having had a heart attack had “optimal” LDL levels prior to the event. Effective healthcare support toward the goal of prevention needs to be more comprehensive and more thorough in assessing upstream drivers.
Myth-busting and Truth-clarifying are things we do every day here are SAFM. Want to learn what savvy practitioners know and use with confidence? Join us for our next SAFM Core 101 Semester. You might even choose to include our Deep Dive Clinical Course on Cardiovascular Myths and Truths as part of your customized curriculum.
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