Cholesterol: is it all that bad?
November 15, 2006 2:27am CST
I have been reading differing things about cholesterol. Whilst the majority of the medical community insists too much will kill you, there has been a growing number of scientists who maintain high cholesterol does not create heart problems and is in fact actually good for you. Whom should we the lay people believe???
• United States
15 Nov 06
This is your health. Always err on the side of caution. Cholesterol collects in your arteries and clogs them. Clogged arteries mean your heart cannot get the blood pumping properly to the rest of your body. I speak as the wife of a triple heart bypass veteran. My husband had his surgery 16 years ago. He was very lucky because it was his left main artery that was blocked. At that time, his cholesterol was high (over 200). His diet was much different then. He eats healthier now and gets more exercise. We believe his cholesterol is hereditary because despite his precautions and even assist from medication, he has a tough time keeping his cholesterol in check. The good news is he beat the odds by surviving 16 years without problems. Also, be aware there are two kinds of cholesterol. Good and bad. You can have high cholesterol, but if the gods are smiling on you and your good cholesterol outnumbers your bad cholesterol, you may be one of those lucky people. Talk to a doctor you trust.