What You Need To Know About Cholesterol Testing And Reducing Risk For Heart Disease

Episode 617 21m


For years well-meaning doctors, echoed by the media, have emphasized what they have long believed is the intimate link between cholesterol and death by heart disease. If only it were so simple!

You may hope that if you monitor your cholesterol levels and avoid the foods that are purported to raise cholesterol, you’ll be safe from America’s number-one killer. The truth is much more complex. Cholesterol is only one factor among many—and it’s not even the most important one—that contribute to your risk of getting heart disease.

In today’s episode of my series I’m calling Health Bites, I talk about why standard cholesterol testing is outdated and why cholesterol may not be the cause of heart disease.


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Narrator: Coming up on this episode of the Doctor's Farmacy. Dr. Mark Hyman: It's not the high fat diet that causes abnormal cholesterol, it's the high sugar diet we eat, which is about 60% of our calories or more as starch and sugar. 152 pounds of sugar and 133 pounds of flour per person per year. That's a lot. It's almost a pound a day, and that causes a really abnormal type of cholesterol. Hi, everyone, I'm Dr. Mark Hyman. Welcome to the Doctor's Farmacy, a place for conversations that matter. And today I'm bringing you a special feature of the Doctor's Farmacy called Health Bites; to improve your health because taking small steps daily can lead to significant changes over time. And today we're talking about cholesterol because it..

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Ep. 617 - What You Need To Know About Cholesterol Testing And Reducing Risk For Heart Disease