Main Misconception About Cholesterol
An example of a common misconception about cholesterol is that it leads to plaque in our arteries, leading to heart disease and strokes. But I am going to show you below that most of the people with serious heart attacks had normal levels of cholesterol. Why is that?
First, it's very important to note that cholesterol by itself doesn't just stick to the arteries. However, one chemical reaction inside of our bodies changes the nature of cholesterol and makes it stick to the arteries, leading to all kinds of issues. But it is that reaction, not the cholesterol that we should fight.
What is Cholesterol?
These are actually lipoproteins–combinations of protein and lipids that circulate in the blood vessels. And the reason these combinations occur is because the protein is water soluble, and blood is rich in water and plasma. And if you were just to mix cholesterol and other lipids in that plasma, in the water and the blood, it wouldn’t mix very well. So you’ve got these complexes of lipoproteins.
Some are considered good, as in HDL. Some are considered bad, as in LDL. But it really doesn’t matter which one, they don’t just stick to the arteries.
And most people who suffer for heart attack in fact, have normal cholesterol levels. That sounds shocking to many, if they haven’t heard this before, but I am not making this up.
Why Do People Have Strokes with Normal Cholesterol Levels?
Here’s an example of a study. Minneapolis study finds most major heart attacks occur in people with normal cholesterol: