Episode Forty Eight
- What is cholesterol - It is a waxy type of fat that is in every cell of our body and is essential to life.
- We even make our own cholesterol! Our body always makes sure there is enough around, our liver will make it if we are not eating enough cholesterol.
- Cholesterol comes from animal foods - When we eat animal products they contain cholesterol that we can then use in our body.
- LDL - Low-density lipoproteins, known as bad cholesterol, and the current dogma associates high LDL with a higher risk of heart disease.
- HDL - High density lipoproteins, known as the good cholesterol.
- Cholesterol blood tests - These include total cholesterol (less than 5.2), LDL (less than 2.6), HDL (higher than 1.5) and triglycerides (less than 1)
- Interpreting the cholesterol test results - It needs to be looked at a case by case basis. It is primary or secondary prevention? Other risk factors, such as medical history and smoking.
- LDL subfractions - Seven different particle sizes, categorised into large fluffy and small dense. Small dense are linked to increased risk of heart diseases. Can be tested in Australia but not covered by medicare.
- Article by Ken Sikaris - https://lowcarbdownunder.com.