Sunday, May 19, 2013

Statins do not reduce heart disease risk.

I'm not a regular reader of Mercola's site, though this article on cholesterol and statins piqued my interest.  It explains why our society's focus on lowering cholesterol levels is nonsensical. Instead:
Two ratios that are far better indicators of heart disease risk are:
  • Your HDL/total cholesterol ratio: HDL percentage is a very potent heart disease risk factor. Just divide your HDL level by your total cholesterol. This percentage should ideally be above 24 percent. Below 10 percent, it's a significant indicator of risk for heart disease
  • Your triglyceride/HDL ratios: This ratio should ideally be below 2.
The second half of the article explains why taking statins will not reduce your heart disease risk and lists a number of sensible steps everybody can take to avoid CHD.

Read the full article here.

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