Fact Or Fiction
Since experiencing a heart attack in March, I’ve been attending cardio rehab. For the most part it’s been educating and encourages me to live a heart healthy lifestyle. However, I do find the cardio experts continue to focus on cholesterol levels rather than the true underlying problem, which varies for every individual. Fortunately, my Nutritionist reviewed the lab reports taken during my heart attack.
All of my health indicators fell within the normal ranges, with the exception of a slightly elevated glucose level. My cholesterol was a moderate 203. So why did the doctor prescribe statins? The standard answer — “it’s the American Heart Association’s recommendation for anyone suffering from heart disease. Statins have been proven to reduce the risk of heart attack.” What the AHA doesn’t address, are the increased cases of dementia since prescribing statins and the fact that our bodies (and brains) need cholesterol to combat inflammation.
Obviously this doesn’t mean we should run right out and eat a diet high in saturated fats, but it does mean that we should focus on the specific items our body needs. Mine turned out to be to reduce my glycemic intake and more importantly exercise. As a non-ambulatory individual, my highest risk factor was the lack of aerobic exercise. The AHA recommends 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week. Moderate is defined as being able to talk while exercising, but not sing.
I’m now following a diet, complete with supplements, that is suited specifically to my body’s needs, as overseen by my Nutritionist. I’m also establishing a daily routine of aerobic exercise by using a hand-cycle (MagneTrainer has worked well for me).
"… while the American Heart Association used to recommend consuming no more than 300 mg of dietary cholesterol a day, they recently decided there’s not enough scientific evidence to stand by that suggestion. Experts now say that, yes, there’s cholesterol in eggs, but, contrary to what we’ve previously been told, dietary cholesterol doesn’t seem to have much effect on blood cholesterol, the type that actually clogs your arteries, for the average person." —-Rodale’s Organic Life (Stephanie Eckelkamp 3/30/2017)