Dr Oz: The Great Cholesterol Myth
Today Dr. Oz is talking with Dr. Stephen Sinatra and Dr. Jonny Bowden about their very controversial book and belief that everything you know about cholesterol is wrong. They say that cholesterol does not cause heart disease and they are sharing some very compelling information to support their stance.
Dr Oz: Cholesterol Does NOT Cause Heart Disease
Dr. Stephen Sinatra and Dr. Jonny Bowden are the authors of the controversial book The Great Cholesterol Myth, and they say that everything we have been taught to believe about cholesterol is false. Dr. Sinatra says that cholesterol is not the cause of heart disease even though that is what he, and his physician colleagues, were all taught in medical school. Dr Bowden adds that we are focusing on the wrong thing when it comes to our health and the affect that cholesterol has on our body.
Dr Oz: Cholesterol Causes Heart Attacks?
Cholesterol Mistake #1: “Cholesterol causes heart attacks” – Dr. Oz that this is something he was taught in college, so he looks to Dr. Stephen Sinatra to explain how this could not be true. Dr. Sinatra says that cholesterol has nothing to with it because there are people without elevated cholesterol levels suffering from heart disease while there are others with elevated cholesterol levels who have no sign of heart disease.
He goes on to say that there is simply something wrong with the reasoning because of this fact. He explains that cholesterol is actually very important to our cell function and brain health, noting that a study in Europe showed that the higher your cholesterol is, the longer you will live.
Dr Oz: LDL vs HDL Cholesterol
Dr. Oz admits that he spent a great deal of time to prepare for this show because of the fact it is such a controversial discussion, so he wants to be certain he explains everything very clearly to help us all better understand cholesterol.
HDL (or “healthy” cholesterol) enters our body and goes through our arteries with what Dr. Oz refers to as a protective covering, which prevents it from causing any damage to our body. Even though it is literally banging into our arteries, it is not allowed to hurt us because of that protective case it travels inside of as it moves through our bodies. This is why healthy cholesterol numbers are a good number to have because they offer no risk to our health.
LDL (or “bad” cholesterol) travel through our body in a more “flimsy” state, according to Dr. Oz, so when they bang around in the arteries they tend to make a mess and leave deposits of plaque inside the arteries, which leads to a build-up of something that is really bad for you. These numbers are something to pay attention to because they are ones that can lead to health problems.
Dr Oz: Sugar Increases Plaque in Arteries
Dr. Oz believes that understanding the types of cholesterol and the numbers from each is very important, noting that it is not about the cholesterol, per se, but how it is carried in our bodies is what concerns him the most. Dr. Stephen Sinatra and Dr. Jonny Bowden disagree completely with Dr. Oz since they believe that cholesterol poses no true risk to us where heart disease is concerned. Dr. Sinatra says that sugar is the bigger culprit to be concerned with because it is the reason that plaque builds up in our arteries, especially in people who are overweight.