Knowing your cholesterol number is key

Knowing your cholesterol number is key

There are 4 comments on the South Florida Sun-Sentinel story from Oct 1, 2007, titled Knowing your cholesterol number is key. In it, South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that:

By Phyllis Greenberger Heart disease doesn't discriminate. Once considered a "man's disease," there is no doubt that great strides have been made in educating women and physicians about this silent killer which ...

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Pompano Beach, FL

#1 Oct 1, 2007
Todd Stebleton

Beaverton, OR

#2 Oct 2, 2007
This article is good because it brings awareness to an exceptionally controversial topic. The "acceptable" number of total cholesterol changes frequently which means it is clear we as health professionals have no idea what the right number is. In fact, cholesterol below 200 is not ideal for everyone, especially. Cholesterol too low, such as below 150 causes just as significant problems as high cholesterol, such as cancer.

LDL is not "lousy". This makes it sounds like LDL is bad, which it isn't. If you LDL is zero, you would be dead. Therefore, there is an acceptable amount of LDL neeeded in our system.

The notion "the lower the cholesterol the better" is silly and irresponsible from any perspective. We must realize everyone is different and cholesterol levels have a signficant window on what may be considered healthy. The ratio of total cholesterol to HDL, for example, is a much better indicator of health.

This article is full of inaccuracies. The first sentence talks about how high cholesterol was considered a "man's disease". High cholesterol is not a disease itself, let alone does it or did it belong to a certain gender. In regards to more women know their weight than their cholesterol...of course they do. It cost zero dollars and takes one second to learn weight. Whereas cholesterol takes 1/2 day off work and is comparatively more expensive. What are "dangerous" cholesterol levels? In addition, are their "dangers" to taking prescription medications? Certainly, but why aren't they listed. This article and/or studies within, are clearly supported, at some point down the road, but the medical community and the drug companies themselves. Knowing weight is way more important that knowing cholesterol. Why? Weight problems account of 1/8 of our health care costs, contribute to every disease, and is a major reason for high blood pressure and high cholesterol. People within an ideal weight classification infrequently have problems with cholesterol. It is at the extremes we want to get involved with medication. The question is, what really are the extremes when it comes to high or low cholesterol?
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