The Truth About Cholesterol

The Truth About Cholesterol

Cholesterol is considered a type of fat, a sterol to be precise. Its production starts with sugar molecules. Please read the preceding sentence a thousand times again and again. Yes, cholesterol production begins when the cells of the body see sugar molecules. These sugar molecules can be glucose (found in starches, processed and unprocessed foods and all vegetables), fructose (found in fruit and berries) and galactose (found in lactose which is comprised of glucose and galactose). These sugar molecules will be modified within the cells of the body with the end result being the production of cholesterol.

One may ask, “Why would our bodies make such a deadly substance?” Our bodies make cholesterol because our cells, each and every one of them, need cholesterol to survive. Cholesterol is found in our cell’s membrane, is the starting point for the production of hormones like testosterone, estradiol, progesterone, cortisol and bile acid salts and the list goes on. Without cholesterol in our cell’s membrane and without the other things we make from cholesterol; we will die. The cell membrane is what makes a cell, a cell. Without a cell membrane we have no cells and there is no us. Without the other stuff we make from cholesterol we could not survive either.

Getting back to how cholesterol is made I know what you are thinking; “How come I was never told that cholesterol is made from sugar?” How come you were never told that the very foods that DO NOT contain cholesterol or fat are the very foods that the body uses to make cholesterol and fat. It is because doctors, dieticians and nutritionists have forgotten themselves.

For my physician readers, remember glycolysis? Come on, I bet you do. Remember the end product of glycolysis that thing called pyruvate. Does acetyl Co A ring a bell? It should. It comes from the modification of pyruvate during the aerobic metabolism of glucose. Now who out there remembers that when two molecules of acetyl Co A come together it forms acetoacetyl Co A? Huh? Any takers?

OK, this is for extra credit. Does anyone remember that “all twenty seven carbon atoms found in cholesterol come from acetyl CoA? (1) Mevalonate ring a bell. How about squalene? OK, OK I will stop now. It was embarrassing for me too when I came to the realization that I had forgotten how cholesterol was made. Even more so for me because I was a nutritional biochemist trained at one of the most prestigious universities in the world. And I even had forgotten this simple, basic biochemical fact. But please do not go on thinking that the cholesterol made in the body comes from anything other than the modification of a sugar molecule. This is so utterly important to understand and so crucial it bears repeating. Cholesterol is made in the body from sugar. It is through the modification of a sugar molecule that we make the majority of cholesterol in our bodies. And this is the cholesterol that clogs up all our arteries, including our coronary arteries, leading to subsequent heart attacks.

Now to get to cholesterol from sugar molecules requires a review of biochemical pathways, physiological feedback loops (say that three times fast) and a whole bunch of other biochemical mumbo jumbo which is enough to give anyone a headache. That is why I stopped a few paragraphs ago. But do not worry for we will be reviewing no biochemical pathways here.

Suffice it to say that sugar is the starting point for cholesterol production. So every time you eat something which contains sugar you are setting in motion the processes that the body needs to make cholesterol.

Now it must be mentioned that the cells of the body produce a greater amount of cholesterol than is consumed by us daily. (2) This means we are producing more cholesterol than we are eating. So let me ask a question; if we want to effectively lower our cholesterol and I mean effectively, would I modify my dietary intake of cholesterol or attempt to modify the body’s production of cholesterol?

Well, let us think this through. The body makes more cholesterol than I consume. So if I can somehow modify how much cholesterol my body makes I will effect a greater change on my cholesterol numbers. If I change how much cholesterol I am eating, I will change the number less. But is this not exactly what we are doing when we change our dietary consumption of cholesterol by following low fat, low cholesterol diets? By following the accepted diet for reducing cholesterol you are marginally influencing the cholesterol number.

By lowering your carbohydrate intake (I like the moniker carbs for short so from now on when I am referring to carbohydrates I will just say carbs) you are lowering the amount of sugar molecules a cell sees and if the cell sees less sugar the cell makes less cholesterol. It is that simple. Really, it is.

As a side note, carbs are broken down into sugars, so whenever one eats carbs the cell will see sugar.

Now I mentioned above and the statement was taken directly from one of the most widely used Medical Physiology textbooks in colleges across America, that it is the body’s own production of cholesterol that contributes most to the cholesterol present in our bodies.

So let us combine some thoughts. By lowering your carb intake the cell sees less sugar. Less sugar means less cholesterol production by our cells and now you just altered the most important contributor to cholesterol production in the body. Yes, again it is that simple. So simple it is embarrassing. But wait, it gets even more embarrassing.

Ok, so some people may be wondering what happens when we eat cholesterol. After all, doctors are taught that it is the cholesterol we eat which gets us in trouble. Are you sitting down? I hope so because here is the kicker. When we eat cholesterol our body actually diminishes its production of cholesterol. Huh? Do you mean to tell me that when I eat cholesterol my body actually slows down its production of cholesterol? Yes, that is correct.

So let us put some more ideas together. The low cholesterol diet means more whole grains (carbs), fruits (carbs) and vegetables (carbs), and obviously less cholesterol. Guess what you just did. You just set in motion all the body needs TO MAKE MORE CHOLESTEROL! Can I hear a great big Oops!!!!

It is the classic negative biofeedback loop that makes this happen. When one ingests cholesterol since it is a fat it can transfuse right through the cell and nuclear membranes. Eventually it binds with the actual DNA of the cell and turns off the production of the enzymes that make cholesterol. Specifically, the production of the enzyme 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl CoA reductase is significantly lowered. Since this is one of the most important enzymes for cholesterol formation, turning off the production of this enzyme will decrease the production of cholesterol in our bodies

So that is why low cholesterol diets do not work to significantly lower the level of cholesterol in the blood. Going through it one more time, when we eat carbs and since the majority of cholesterol in our blood is produced by the body; we provide the cells with what they need to make more cholesterol. And then by lowering cholesterol consumption this sends the message to our body to make more cholesterol. This is because our cells, when they see less cholesterol, will make more of that enzyme mentioned above (3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl CoA reductase). Then more cholesterol will be made. I refer to this as the double whammy effect.

Now you physician readers may be feeling a little uneasy because I have not mentioned that lowering one’s intake of cholesterol in the diet, will oftentimes lower the cholesterol number in the blood stream. Yes, this does happen, but we do not see a significant lowering of the cholesterol number. In fact, in a perfect body, and well who would that be; you only get a lowering of about fifteen percent. So if your cholesterol is, say, 300, which is not an uncommon number to see; by dramatically reducing the cholesterol in your diet, you can possibly (and usually not) lower the number from 300 to 255. For most people, this would not have lowered the cholesterol number enough, and guess what? Now your doctor is reaching for medication to help lower the cholesterol number more.

I often times will say to my patients and colleagues, who never seem to understand my reasoning, because either they do not want to, or truly just don’t understand, that if the dietary contribution to your cholesterol number is only fifteen percent, what contributes the other eighty five percent? Well, it is what your body makes of course. So would it not make sense to try to modify my body’s production of cholesterol, since this contributes more to the cholesterol number? Of course! This makes perfect sense, but by starting yourself on a low cholesterol diet, and by eating more carbs, and you have to eat more carbs, because that’s all that’s left, again, you set in motion all the things the body needs to make more cholesterol. OK, I think I have said enough about cholesterol and we will talk more about it later. Remember, some people will question what I have written in this chapter possibly challenging what I say as untrue, but it is not. All one has to do is go to any biochemistry text and read the part on how we make cholesterol, to see that what I say is a fact.

Enslavement by illusion is comfortable; it is the liberation by truth that people fear

-David Hawkins

From the first ten chapters of my book Genocide: How Your Doctor’s Dietary Ignorance Will Kill You. Available at Amazon.com.

Happy birthday quotes about moving on

Happy birthday quotes about moving on

Birthday Wishes Quotes – If you have zest and enthusiasm you attract zest and enthusiasm. Life does give back in kind.

 

Quotes about moving on – “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter doesn’t mind.”

 

“Hate is such a luxurious emotion, it can only be spent on one we love.”

 

Birthday Wishes Quotes Birthdays are good for you.  Statistics show that the people who have the most live the longest.

 

Quotes About Moving On Rejoice in the things that are present; all else is beyond thee.

 

Thanks to modern medical advances such as antibiotics, nasal spray, and Diet Coke, it has become routine for people in the civilized world to pass the age of 40, sometimes more than once

 

“Courage means to keep working a relationship, to continue seeking solutions to difficult problems, and to stay focused during stressful periods.”

 

“When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.

 

Birthday Wishes Quotes – “You’re too young for me. I mean, too *old*. We’re the same age? Well, that doesn’t work for me, either

 

You are responsible for your life. You can’t keep blaming somebody else for your dysfunction. Life is really about moving on.

 

Quotes about moving on – If you want your life to be a magnificent story, then begin by realizing that you are the author and everyday you have the opportunity to write a new page

 

In childhood, we yearn to be grown-ups.  In old age, we yearn to be kids.  It just seems that all would be wonderful if we didn’t have to celebrate our birthdays in chronological order. 

 

“I like nonsense; it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.”

 

“A word of encouragement during a failure is worth more than an hour of praise after success.”

 

Improve your business, your life, your relationships, your finances and your health. When you do the whole world improves.

 

“When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.”

 

Letting go isn’t about giving up. It’s about accepting that there are things that cannot be

 

Forgive yourself for your faults and your mistakes and move on.

 

In the end these things matter most: How well did you love? How fully did you love? How deeply did you learn to let go?

 

Wisdom doesn’t necessarily come with age.  Sometimes age just shows up all by itself. 

 

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

 

Quotes – “If everyone received the encouragement they need to grow, the genius in most everyone would blossom and the world would produce abundance beyond our wildest dreams.”

 

 

Birthday Wishes Quotes – The best place to find the right Quotes About Moving On.

Best Quotes And Sayings About Life

Best Quotes And Sayings About Life

Life is really very simple but it is increasingly difficult to balance your time between all aspects of your life. After a hard-working day, you are exhausted and stressed out from the chaos and the business of the day. Here are some quotes and sayings about life that can inspire you, and a few of them even can make you think differently about the value of life itself.

“You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching, Love like you’ll never be hurt, Sing like there’s nobody listening, And live like it’s heaven on earth.”- William W. Purkey

“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.” – Mae West

“The ideals which have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been kindness, beauty, and truth.” – Albert Einstein

“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on.” – Robert Frost

“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.” – Oscar Wilde

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. Security does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than exposure.” – Hellen Keller

“There are two great days in a person’s life, the day we are born and the day we discover why.” – William Barclay

“Life is like a blanket too short. You pull it up and your toes rebel, you yank it down and shivers meander about your shoulder; but cheerful folks manage to draw their knees up and pass a very comfortable night.” – Marion Howard

“Life is like playing a violin solo in public and learning the instrument as one goes on.” – Samuel Butler

“Life is like a library owned by the author. In it are a few books which he wrote himself, but most of them were written for him.” – Harry Emerson Fosdick

“Are you bored with life? Then throw yourself into some work you believe in with all your heart, live for it, die for it, and you will find happiness that you had thought could never be yours.” – Dale Carnegie

“Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.” – Marie Curie

“Life is like a coin. You can spend it any way you wish, but you only spend it once.” – Lillian Dickson –

“There are only two tragedies in life, one is not getting what one wants and the other is getting it.” – Oscar Wilde –

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” – Albert Einstein

“My formula for living is quite simple. I get up in the morning, and I go to bed at night, in between I occupy myself as best I can.” – Cary Grant  

“The boundaries which divide life from death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where one ends, and the other begins?” – Edgar Alan Poe

“As I grow to understand life less and less, I learn to love it more and more.” – Jules Renard

“Life is a fatal complaint, and an eminently contagious one.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

“Life does not cease to be funny when people die any more than it ceases to be serious when people laugh.” – George Bernard Shaw

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I graduated from Birmingham University. Currently, I am living with my family in the West Midlands of England and working for a media company. My hobby is writing about current affairs, celebrities and fashion.

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