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Why current cholesterol standards may not be enough for optimal heart health

Even those with "normal" levels can have harmful plaque buildup in the arteries


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Dr. Michael Greger, in his book "How Not to Age," challenges the notion of normal cholesterol levels, arguing that what is considered normal today is based on a society with a high risk of heart disease.

Scientific consensus supports the idea that lowering LDL cholesterol reduces the risk of heart attacks, with elevated cholesterol identified as a primary cause of heart disease.

Merely having "normal" cholesterol levels, as defined by current standards, may not be optimal for health.

Even those with so-called optimal risk factors can have atherosclerotic plaques in their arteries. 

Studies reveal that overt atherosclerotic plaques were detected in 38% of individuals with normal LDL levels under 130.

While medication like statins can lower cholesterol, the article emphasizes the importance of balancing the benefits with potential risks, such as muscle damage and increased diabetes risk.

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How Not to Age


Book by Dr. Michael Greger unveils evidence-based science to slow the effects of ageing

Michael Greger

American physician, author and professional speaker on public health issues

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Cholesterol (blood), Diet
Why current cholesterol standards may not be enough for optimal heart health