There is no such thing as good or bad cholesterol!

Do you know what a lipoprotein is? If your answer is no, you should. Lipoprotiens are the particles manufactured by the liver which carry cholesterol, a fat, through your bloodstream which is a water‐ based solution. Cholesterol is a naturally occurring substance in the body, it is essential for human life, there is no such thing as good or bad cholesterol. Vascular disease which is responsible for approximately 65% of male deaths and 50% of female deaths is actually caused by the abnormal deposition of lipoprotiens, which happen to carry cholesterol through the bloodstream.

Approximately 60‐70 years ago doctors would look at arteries of the heart and notice using antiquated stains and microscope analysis that there was cholesterol in the artery wall and surmised that cholesterol was responsible for heart attacks and frequently strokes. This belief has driven medical education and therapies for years. Recent advancements in the understanding of vascular disease have shown that this is a flawed understanding of the pathology that causes the world’s greatest killer.

Your liver produces lipoprotein particles whose job it is to deliver cholesterol from the liver out to peripheral tissues for normal needs of human life. Your liver also makes particles that help to recycle cholesterol back to the liver for recycling and elimination. Understanding the delicate balance of how many particles, not how much cholesterol, is essential for true preventative healthcare strategies to lower your risk of heart attack and stroke. A typical cholesterol test is as accurate as flipping a coin in predicting your personal risk. Only through advanced testing will you learn how many particles are delivering cholesterol, your particles size and if you carry a specific lipoprotein that can increase your cardiovascular risk tenfold.

Vascular disease occurs when your body produces too many lipoprotein particles, which happen to carry cholesterol. Too many lipoprotein particles over time will become trapped in the arterial wall causing a cascade of events including inflammation, tissue damage, platelet aggregation and ultimately a blood clot that can clog up the artery. This results in a heart attack or stroke. As the #1 killer in the world and a preventable disease in 2016, you should ask yourself and your doctor, do you know what a lipoprotein is. If not, you are not doing enough to keep yourself at the lowest risk for the biggest killer.