Dr Oz: Cholesterol Myths
What do you know about cholesterol? You may want to check out what Dr Oz’s guests are saying before you make up your mind. Dr Stephen Sinatra and Dr Jonny Bowden are the authors of a controversial new book and they say that everything we know about cholesterol and health is wrong. What is The Great Cholesterol Myth? Does it matter if you are talking about HDL vs LDL cholesterol?
Dr Oz: The Great Cholesterol Myth Review
Most people believe that cholesterol is the cause of heart disease, because that is what we have been told by doctors over the years. But in their new book, The Great Cholesterol Myth, Dr Bowden and Dr Sinatra say that this is incorrect.
Even though this is what doctors are being taught in medical school, cholesterol does not cause heart disease, according to this book. Dr Bowden said the focus on cholesterol takes our attention away from more important health concerns.
Dr Oz: Cholesterol Heart Attack Risk
The two sat with Doctor Oz to dispel what they say are some common cholesterol mistakes. First up is the idea that Cholesterol causes heart attacks. I know I have heard this before.
Dr Oz said he was taught this is true when he was in school. He asked the men to explain their thinking on this. Dr Sinatra said that cholesterol is not an accurate predictor of a heart attack. Not all patients with high cholesterol have heart disease, and not all heart disease patients have high cholesterol.
The real function of cholesterol in the body may have to do with cell and brain health. A new study out of Europe found that high cholesterol is tied to longevity, according to Dr Sinatra.
Dr Oz: HDL vs LDL Cholesterol
What about the ideas that there are good and bad cholesterol? Dr Oz explained the two different types for his audience. Now you can learn the difference and know more about cholesterol.
Dr Oz: HDL Cholesterol
Dr Oz said that HDL cholesterol, sometimes called “healthy” cholesterol, goes through the body’s arteries with a protective coating, preventing any damage along the way. It is encased in its own covering that keeps us safe, and this type of cholesterol isn’t believed to pose any health risks.
Dr Oz: LDL Cholesterol
On the other hand, LDL cholesterol, also known as “bad” cholesterol, is more flimsy and can definitely do some damage as it travels through the body. It can leave plaque behind and create unhealthy buildup that can escalate into other health problems.
Dr Oz: Sugar Causes Plaque?
Dr Oz said that knowing what cholesterol is and what it means are important. But he said that the way it moves through our bodies is the most important part.
His guests, Dr Sinatra and Dr Bowden, totally disagreed with him, saying that cholesterol has no effect on heart disease. Instead, they point to sugar as a big source of arterial plaque, particularly in overweight patients.