Here are the 5 best ways to lower cholesterol naturally.

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  1. What do you think about this article from Ray Peat?
    http://raypeat.com/articles/articles/cholesterol-longevity.shtml

    Specifically, he warns against lowering cholesterol after the age of fifty:

    “After the age of fifty, low cholesterol is clearly associated with an increased risk of dying from a variety of causes. A study of old women indicated that a cholesterol level of 270 mg. per 100 ml. was associated with the best longevity (Forette, et al., 1989). “Mortality was lowest at serum cholesterol 7.0 mmol/l [=270.6 mg%], 5.2 times higher than the minimum at serum cholesterol 4.0 mmol/l, and only 1.8 times higher when cholesterol concentration was 8.8 mmol/l. This relation held true irrespective of age, even when blood pressure, body weight, history of myocardial infarction, creatinine clearance, and plasma proteins were taken into account.”

    He points out the role of HDL for protecting against endotoxin:
    “The HDL lipoprotein is one of these, which protects against inflammation by binding bacterial endotoxins that have reached the bloodstream. (Things that increase absorption of endotoxin–exercise, estrogen, ethanol–cause HDL to rise.) Chylomicrons and VLDL also absorb, bind, and help to eliminate endotoxins. “

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  3. I have had high cholesterol since I am 33 and now I am 71….I am allergic to statins….I am on the “shot” Repatha ( evolocumab)…..which is working….however – I eat right – weigh in at 124 – size 6 – look 50 yrs old….and have been told repeatedly that I will die of a heart attack since my arteries are filled with plaque…..the body scan shows it. I’m one of the different ones….

    Is it possible that my high levels oh LDL are needed since I have been this way most of my adult life?….and my lowered numbers never really happen and if they make a showing-take a bow – they laugh as they exit the stage….they know they will come back even higher!

    No one understands this….( I take Thyroid meds) I eat very healthy and cook all meals…. I exercise and garden….I have lovely gardens…. but bad arteries!

    I listened to their direction- did what they told me to do – and STILL have high LDL…..can yo explain this? And do you have any suggestions for me?
    Thank you so much !!!!!!!

    1. Ms. Gillis,

      Multiple factors can be at play.
      1. Interindividual variability. Medical practice is primarily based on the means of medical research, not the individual data points. Outliers will exist in both directions, yours and the one who has the optimal cholesterol profile who unfortunately developed coronary artery disease and died young.
      2. Genetics – certain populations have certain genotypes that tend to lead to consistently elevated cholesterol, commonly referred to as familial hypercholesterolemia. These populations tend not to respond nearly as well to diet and lifestyle intervention, and routinely not even to drugs.
      3. Hyper or hypo- responder effect – certain people respond in an exaggerated fashion to all sorts of aspects of lifestyle, diet, or even to medications. Others basically never seem to respond to the same treatment (this somewhat refers back to point 1). So, even if you do a number of things right you may never see the results in your panel.
      4. It depends what you are looking at. The reality is that the Total Cholesterol to HDL ratio is the best predictor of heart disease risk in your panel, not an individual cholesterol amount. So, simply having very total or LDL cholesterol may easily be balanced by a very HDL cholesterol (which carries a number of health benefits). Typically, anything <5.0 total cholesterol/HDL is good. Focusing on individual aspects of the lipid panel is a more old school thought process.
      5. Remember that cholesterol profile is ultimately an intermediate to correlate to heart disease risk. Since we can't look at your arteries to check for buildup without slicing you open, we need to use our best intermediate, which is the lipid panel. Appropriate body fat and muscle balance (aka lean but not underweight) and active lifestyle remain the top predictors of mortality (risk of death), independent of nearly any routine lab work.

      So, frankly, focus on what you can control, and don't bother worrying about the rest. No one will know if your cholesterol panel was a poor indicator of heart disease risk or if you just lived quite a few years with thoroughly plaque-filled arteries until your autopsy. Sorry if this comes off as morbid, I was aiming for empowering.

      Move every day, eat a diet rich in colorful plants with a moderate amount of protein at each sitting, and the rest is more minutia.

  4. I absolutely love your short videos. Thank you so much for doing this. I especially appreciate that you do not ascribe to a one size fits all philosophy.

  5. Please correct me if I’m wrong, but doesn’t the proportion of size of the LDL particle play a massive role to the cholesterol issue? Because isn’t LDL important to carry hormones, vitamins, minerals etc to where it belongs?

    1. Massive? Not really. A role? Yes. Does it change the recommendations? No. Yes, LDL is important for the reason you state, which also does not change the recommendations.

  6. Are you trying to say that carbs is a bigger indicator to correct thyroid issues than foods rich in iodine, selenium, zinc to convert from T4 to T3?

    1. My point about carbs isn’t specifically about thyroid. Insulin independently regulates LDL-R by suppressing PCSK9. But for thyroid, what is important is different for each person depending on their weakest link. If someone is restricting carbs and eating plenty of I, Se, and Zn, then carbs are going to do more than I, Se, or Zn. If they are eating plenty of carbs but deficient in Zn, then the benefit will come from Zn, not carbs.

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