Friday, April 5, 2024

The Great Cholesterol Myth

Everybody knows high cholesterol is bad for you, right? Wrong. The authors of this book argue that most doctors/cardiologists have this wrong.

They argue that there are some things that can predict whether a person is at higher risk for a heart attack and other similar adverse events, and that cholesterol, even the so-called "bad" cholesterol (LDL-C) is not one of them.

They also go into detail on what exactly you can be doing to reduce your risk factors with the ultimate goal of reducing your risk of an adverse event. I enjoyed the book and plan to use it as a springboard to learn a lot more about this topic.

Even if you think the authors are totally out to lunch (and I haven't made my mind up yet), this book is still great. Because they've made their case, fully referenced to the source material, and you the reader can now go into the weeds and figure out for yourself if what they're saying makes sense, or if what your doctor is saying makes sense instead. I'll now be diving into the original research papers that all sides rely on (as I did in my last post on this topic), to come to my own conclusions so I can make my own decisions in good conscience.

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