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Californian Doctor: High Cholesterol's Role in Heart Disease Is A 'Myth'

by Rukmani Krishna on February 20, 2013 at 9:51 PM
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 Californian Doctor: High Cholesterol's Role in Heart Disease Is A 'Myth'

High cholesterol is one of the factors, which makes the heart diseases deadly is a myth claims a doctor from California.

Dr. Jonny Bowden, author of 'The Great Cholesterol Myth,' said that lowering your cholesterol may not necessarily prevent heart disease.

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He said that cholesterol is not even a good predictor of heart disease.

He asserted that 50 percent of people who are admitted to hospitals in the US with cardiovascular disease have normal cholesterol - and half the people with elevated cholesterol have normal hearts, Fox News reported.
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He also believes that cholesterol plays no role whatsoever in the development of heart disease, and that it has taken attention away from other important factors that contribute to cardiovascular problems - like inflammation, oxidative damage, stress and sugar in the diet.

He believes that cholesterol is a pretty minor player but still everyone puts all their efforts into lowering it.

Today, doctors know that there are two main types of cholesterol - HDL and LDL - and there are five different kinds of each.

He said that both the types behaved quite differently in the body adding that while LDL comes in two big flavours, LDL-A and LDL-B, LDL-A looked like a big cotton ball and it can't do any damage as it can't get caught in the arteries.

He added that LDL-B is a bad guy - but most people don't know which one they have.

Source: ANI
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