“Normal” cholesterol redefined.
Image thanks to Pete.
Of course the primary concern is not cholesterol in our gallbladder, but cholesterol in our coronary arteries, leading to our #1 cause of death, heart disease.
People come to me all the time and say “I don’t have to worry about what I eat because my cholesterol’s normal.” Well, having a normal cholesterol in a society in which it’s normal to die from heart disease, is not saying much. Having an average cholesterol means dying an average death. This, is from the Harvard Heart Letter. Once upon a time, average was thought to be perfectly OK, but, average cholesterol no longer makes the grade—lower is better. In fact way below average is the new target.
How low, can you go? We’re born with a total cholesterol down around 50… But then it quickly bounds upward, elevated by milk and fatty foods, generally breaking into the 200s by middle age… More raw material for making artery-clogging plaque.
The target is an LDL—the bad cholesterol, under 70, which means about a total cholesterol under 150. How do you do that? How do you get to total cholesterol of 150? Well, you could, move to the planet of the apes. Or just, eat a strictly plant-based diet.
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