The Real Risk Factors for Heart Disease
Over the past 60 odd years, by failing to tell the truth and differentiate between trans fats and saturated fats, there is a whole lot of confusion.
Further, there is lots confusion about the relationship between saturated fat and cholesterol, plus, there are different types of saturated fats, which may have different biological effects.
Many saturated fats will raise LDL, the so-called “bad” cholesterol.
But LDLs come in various sizes. Large type A particles are less atherogenic and are influenced by saturated fat. Saturated fat also increases HDL, the “good” cholesterol.
“What’s interesting is the saturated fat, even though it may raise LDL, your lipid profile may actually improve when you eat more saturated fat, especially when you cut the carbs. On top of that, LDL has been grossly exaggerated as a risk factor for heart disease, with the exception of people who have a genetic abnormality (familial hypercholesterolemia),” medical experts say.
“Certainly when one gets over the age of 60, the cardiovascular association between LDL cholesterol and cardiovascular mortality diminishes. It becomes almost negligible. For overall mortality, there is an inverse association with LDL. The higher your LDL, if you areover 60, the less likely one is to die.
The Big Q: What is the major issue when you look at heart disease and heart attacks?
The Big A: Insulin resistance, the reason it is being neglected is partly due to the flawed science on cholesterol. And, also because there has never been any effective drugs that target insulin resistance.
Therefore, because there is not a big market around something to sell, there are not many people that know about it. As we all know, if you target insulin resistance through the right kind of diet and lifestyle changes, stress reduction, right kind of exercise, that will have the biggest impacts on one’s health.
Some factors that can help gauge heart disease risk include, as follows:
- A fasting insulin level above 3
- A triglyceride to HDL ratio above 2
- A waist circumference indicating overweight or obesity
- High blood pressure
If one has 3 out of the following 5 indications of metabolic syndrome:
- insulin resistance
- high triglycerides
- low HDL
- hypertension and
- increased waist circumference,
then there high risk for heart disease.
Another major risk factor for heart disease that receives virtually no attention is high iron level.
In menstruating women, this is not an issue since they lose blood on a monthly basis. This is actually part of why pre-menopausal women have a decreased risk of heart disease.
In men, iron levels can rise to dangerously high levels.
Medical experts note that the majority of adult males and post-menopausal women have elevated levels that put their health at risk. Checking the iron levels is easy and can be done with a simple blood test called a serum ferritin test.
Some cardiologists believe this is one of the most important tests that everyone should have done on a regular basis as part of a preventive, proactive health screen. If the iron levels are high, all one has to do is donate blood a few times a year.
A Y 2014 Lancet study looked at the association between dietary saturated fat, plasma saturated fat and type 2 diabetes.
Interestingly, while dietary saturated fats found in dairy products were strongly inversely associated with the development of type 2 diabetes, endogenously-synthesized plasma-saturated fat was strongly associated with an increased risk.
Endogenously-synthesized plasma-saturated fats are fatty acids produced by your liver in response to net carbohydrates, sugar and alcohol.
These findings suggest eating full-fat dairy products may protect you against type 2 diabetes, whereas consuming too many net carbs, meaning total carbs minus fiber, will increase your risk of type 2 diabetes, in part by raising the saturated fat levels in your bloodstream.
That said, Caution may be warranted.
Milk, even raw milk, is actually high in net carbs, which the body converts to glucose.
So as a general rule, avoid milk. I have not had a glass of milk since I was 12 years old.
Butter, and heavy cream are the exception, they are almost pure fat and has virtually no net carbs.
Below are some tips to help ensure eating the right fats for good heart health, as follows:
- Always use Organic butter made from raw grass-fed milk
- Never use margarine or vegetable oil spreads.
- Use coconut oil for cooking.
- Sardines and anchovies are an excellent source of beneficial omega-3 fats and are also very low in toxins.
- Eat raw fats, such as those from avocados, raw dairy products, and extra olive oil
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