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    U.S. Advisers Rethink Cholesterol Risk From Foods
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    atti_editor posted:
    "Decades-old advice to Americans against eating foods high in cholesterol likely will not appear in the next update of the nation's Dietary Guidelines, according to published reports.

    The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee plans to no longer warn people to avoid eggs, shellfish and other cholesterol-laden foods, the newspaper reported.

    Nissen [chairman of cardiovascular medicine at the Cleveland Clinic> said recent research has found that diet influences only about 20 percent of a person's blood cholesterol levels. The rest is governed by genetics.


    However, dietitians and other heart doctors noted that saturated fat plays a direct and more important role in blood cholesterol levels than dietary cholesterol -- or cholesterol consumed through foods. And they expect the forthcoming federal guidelines to maintain their strict stance on limiting such fats."


    Read more about the specifics and how this new research may affect you in the news story above.
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    mske390 responded:
    I've been battling high cholesterol for years, unfortunately, it's hereditary. I refuse to use drugs and have tried every natural supplement I've read about with zero results.

    Recently, I adopted a diet where I ate almost zero carbs and saw my numbers drop by just over 20 points. While doing this I was eating meat, eggs, and cheese so it was clear to me that my body cannot process carbs well causing my cholesterol numbers to rise.

    Has anyone run a study on this, if so, where can I find it?
     
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    iride6606 replied to mske390's response:
    This is actually not new, I have studies that started to point this out 8 years ago. It has been widely known that diet only accounts for 10% of one's serum lipid levels and because of that diet alone will never be sufficient to lower cholesterol levels. You can diet and cut the 10% affected by diet in half and still not move the needle for total cholesterol.


    It's not about what you eat, its all about how your body creates and eliminates cholesterol. You can try raising your HDL with exercise and supplements with your doctor's approval. HDL binds with LDL and takes it back to your liver to be eliminated. The higher the HDL the more LDL gets eliminated. That's why many doctors look to your cholesterol ratios.
     
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    surfoahu responded:
    I consume 14 eggs per week. I freely eat steaks high in saturated fat. I also cook with coconut oil which is saturated fat. I have done this for a long long time.

    So far my arteries remain squeaky clean.

    I am not overweight. I never drink soft drinks and don't eat junk food. I never buy sugar. If I had a small bag of sugar at home, it would still be in the pantry 20 years later. Untouched.

    I enjoy my lifestyle of eating clean organic unprocessed whole foods.
     
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    iride6606 replied to surfoahu's response:

    So far my arteries remain squeaky clean.


    That's an interesting comment, how do you know? A recent paper looking at autopsies done on soldiers killed in WWII showed almost all had some arterial plaques, it's part of aging. If you mean you're asymptomatic, that does not mean your arteries are clear.
     
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    surfoahu replied to iride6606's response:
    Was just looking at them Monday with ultrasound. Granted I can't see everywhere, but where we could see was remarkable for a retired guy. Perfect? No. "Tiny spots of soft plaque that amounted to no concern, Zero calcification." That's what I meant by "squeeky clean." I was pleasantly surprised and happy considering my low HDL and high triglycerides. Total Cholesterol has run around 240 most my life.


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