I NEED HELP! Im doing a research assignment on Cholesterol and I dont know who to believe!?
I've looked through many web sites, and most of them say that cholesterol is one of the main causes of heart desease. But I recently found a site that said it actually begins with damaged arteries. This site, along with some others, says that cholesterol piles up in these damaged areas (in an attempt to repair them) and causes heart attacks...it claims lowering cholesterol is futile... there are several sites that say this...they claim that it's the "hidden truth" about cholesterol but I cant find any destinguished sites that I know I can trust, i.e. government sites or ones by certified doctors(I just find people quoting doctors) I dont know who to beleive... does anyone know where I can look...are there any doctors out there who can suggest what I should do or where I should look next? My project is due Jan. 21...please help if you can
Thanks to all that gave me some websites...it was very helpful:)
- Laurence WLv 61 decade agoFavorite Answer
There seven major risk factors.
Obesity raises risk.
High LDL cholesterol increases the risk of having heart disease.
High HDL lowers the risk of heart disease.
A better diet high in anti-oxidant foods lowers risk.
Low/no stress lifestyle lowers risk.
Normal blood pressure reduces risk.
High, and very low blood pressure can raise risk.
Smoking, drugs, trans fats all raise risk through damage to arteries walls.
More exercise lowers risk. 5-7 days a week of 30-45 minutes cardio.
Use findarticles.com, pubmed.gov, WebMD.com, American Heart Association. Here's a good link:
Not all mechanisms are fully understood, since there are 6 billion people on the planet. 50% of all folks who die of a first heart attack did not know they had heart disease.
There are very few researchers and other people who believe that cholesterol is not a major factor. But high LDL cholesterol as a major risk factor is greatly reduced through exercise, a good diet, low stress lifestyle, and other positive steps. But it is not eliminated.
My LDL cholesterol was 137, borderline ok. But I had nearly totally occluded arteries, and needed an emergency triple bypass, despite being slim, athletic, and a non-smoker, non-drinker or user of drugs. My doctors gave me days to live if I did not have my surgery. That was two years ago, January 12, 2006.Source(s): I'm a top 10 contributor in Heart Disease on Yahoo! Answers, with severe heart disease myself.
- 1 decade ago
Good on you for doing some real research into this. Just because a site is govt run or owned by a doct does not mean the info is accurate. All you can do is look at the evidence presented. My personal belief is that the cholesterol theory is a sham and can provide plenty of links to show why.
Your problem is if you presented an assignment that takes this side of the argument your teacher would probably mark you down for being incorrect as most people will not accept something that goes against their beliefs, regardless of the facts you put before them.
You best solution would be to presesent an assignment that shows both sides of the argument. Put a case for and a case against and let the reader make up their mind.Source(s): http://www.psychosomaticmedicine.org/cgi/content/a... http://www.westonaprice.org/moderndiseases/benefit... http://qjmed.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/full/9... http://www.ravnskov.nu/myth2.htm http://qjmed.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/content/full/9... http://circ.ahajournals.org/cgi/reprint/27/2/229 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/entrez?cmd=Retri... http://www.ajcn.org/cgi/content/abstract/20/10/111... http://circ.ahajournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/2... http://tuberose.com/Cholesterol.html http://www.theheart.org/viewArticle.do?primaryKey=... http://www.thincs.org/Malcolm2.htm#sep16-2004 http://www.cholesterol-and-health.com/ http://www.bmj.com/cgi/eletters/322/7293/1019#1408... http://www.thincs.org/Malcolm.htm#drano http://www.annals.org/cgi/content/full/145/7/520 http://www.thincs.org/Malcolm.proveit.htm#proveit http://www.thincs.org/Malcolm.proveit.htm#provewha... http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/03/07030... http://www.theheart.org/viewArticle.do?primaryKey=... http://atvb.ahajournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/1... http://www.jpands.org/vol10no3/colpo.pdf http://www.thincs.org/Malcolm.choltheory.htm http://www.totallipids.com/total_lipids/totallipid... http://www.thincs.org/Malcolm3.htm#march24 http://circ.ahajournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/6... http://atvb.ahajournals.org/cgi/content/full/15/7/... http://www.thincs.org/Malcolm.htm#heart1 http://www.majidali.com/theother.htm http://www.highbloodpressureinfo.org/atheroscleros... http://atvb.ahajournals.org/cgi/content/full/15/7/... http://www.thincs.org/Malcolm.htm#heart1 http://www.majidali.com/theother.htm http://www.highbloodpressureinfo.org/atheroscleros... Sorry if i doubled up at all
- zman492Lv 71 decade ago
To find U.S. government sites I did a google search with
as the search key. While I am sure not all of the 463,000 matches are government sites, at least the first 20 are. Government sites end in ".gov" instead of ".com" if you look at the URL. (The URL is the line that begins "http://"/ followed by the name of the site, then followed more information to get the correct page on the site.)
Another site I trust is the Mayo Clinic. It is, arguably, the most respected authority on the treatment of heart diseases in the United States. You can start at
and search the rest of the site from there.
You are right to be skeptical about a lot of the information on the web. The coconut oil and palm oil industries have funded studies which say these products are healthy, while most independent studies have found they are not. They have widely reported the results of these studies, often hiding their involvement in them.
- 1 decade ago
Don't use google search. Try using your local library's site, they usually have academic articles or goto the library the old fashioned way and get a book... can't go wrong there.
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- 1 decade ago
you should belive all of them