Doctors have women in a state of panic and worry about their cholesterol.

Karen Fitzpatrick-Dame, ChhC, AADP

A question I am asked a lot is about high cholesterol and how to lower it. High cholesterol is not necessarily bad, especially in the aging population. Women in all stages of menopause and beyond, generally realize an increase in their cholesterol levels and their doctors have them in a state of panic and worry.

In one study involving nearly 70,000 people researchers found no link between so called “bad” cholesterol and the premature deaths of over 60-year-olds from cardiovascular disease. The study, and there are many others, found that 92 percent of people with a high cholesterol level lived longer. Researchers analyzed 30 studies. Twelve found no link between LDL “bad cholesterol” and deaths and 16 found that lower LDL was associated with higher mortality risk.

Cholesterol is a hormone that is a fatty substance produced by the liver. It is responsible for many functions in your body such as metabolizing fat soluble vitamins, building cell membranes and nerve cells. It is the foundation for hormones and is food for your brain! In fact, 25% of the cholesterol in our body is found in the brain which is the raw material for making progesterone, estrogen, cortisol, testosterone and vitamin D. 

Without cholesterol in your body you would die. And, when you alter cholesterol using statin therapy, we see muscle degeneration, hormone problems, diabetes and all sorts of issues with brain function, like dementia start to happen.

The key is getting systemic inflammation under control. Inflammation causes a whole host of health issues. Keep your liver clean and functioning optimally too.

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