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    Downloaded from mercola.com, high-res version.
    Hmm. Unfortunately, this is too large a graphic for vBulletin to accommodate.
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    Default Re: How to Make Sense of Your Cholesterol Levels Infographic

    Thanks for sharing. His infograph indicates that 25% of the total cholesterol in your body comes from the food you eat. This seems rather high. Most of the recent data I've seen indicates that only 15% to 20% of cholesterol comes from the diet. I checked the infograph for a date, but couldn't find one.

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    I know that the liver makes 1200 mg of cholesterol daily. I aways assumed that dietary cholesterol was less than that, but if a doctor says otherwise, I'd be wise to accept that. On a side note, I follow his recommendation for a diet high in fat, modest in protein and low in carbs (almost zero sweet/starchy carbs), and my cholesterol numbers are right were they should be; so are my triglycerides. So I plan to keep on doing what I'm doing.
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    Good for you!! As the old saying goes: "If it ain't broke, don't fix it."

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    Default Re: How to Make Sense of Your Cholesterol Levels Infographic

    Quote Originally Posted by Islander View Post
    my cholesterol numbers are right were they should be.
    But how do you know where they should be? I am finding the whole cholesterol debate rather confusing - everyone's cholesterol seems to be at a different level. Who decided what is the 'right' level?

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    My takeaway is that, unless you have genetic familial hypercholesterolemia, your body is monitoring your dietary intake and your liver is managing the production that fills the gap between your dietary intake and the amount you require. The danger comes with the introduction of statin drugs to deliberately lower the level below what is necessary to maintain good health.
    .I don't mean that to be an explanation; it's just my understanding of how it all works.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Islander View Post
    "........., your body is monitoring your dietary intake and your liver is managing the production that fills the gap between your dietary intake and the amount you require.....".
    Exactly!!! This is why we should stop trying to artificially lower our "overall" cholesterol level. Your overall cholesterol level is what it should be, as determined by your body's needs. Cholesterol is called the "mother" hormone by some because it is needed for numerous functions in the body. For ex. the body uses cholesterol to make: 1. vitamin D; 2 bile acids; 3. CoQ10; 4. sex hormones; 5. neural synapses to help nerves communicate with nerves; etc. etc. For anyone to artificially lower cholesterol via statins is playing with fire. **I do pay attention to my HDL cholesterol level, as higher HDL is associated with heart health. It is recommended that HDL be at least 40 mg./dl for men and 50 mg./dl for women, but 60 mg./dl is considered ideal. A few minutes of exercise most days, along with omega-3, will help to raise HDL levels.
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