People are constantly being told about cholesterol and cholesterol levels: what is good, what is bad, what to eat, what not to eat, etc.
So…what should your cholesterol goal be?
Principally because of a diet high in animal based foods, the average total cholesterol for adult Americans is about 200 mg/dL, even though 30 million Americans are on medication to lower cholesterol! Without all of those pills that number would be in the stratosphere! This is a key indicator that too many of us are indeed, sick. Our documented high rates of chronic disease and obesity confirm this.
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Current guidelines used by most American doctors suggest that patients aim for a total cholesterol below 200. Yet, did you know that many heart attacks actually occur in the 180-200 range ? The total cholesterol required to minimize risk for common chronic diseases is actually considerably lower.
As documented in the landmark Framington heart study and The China Study, people with a total cholesterol number below 150 virtually never get heart attacks – if you have spent any time on this website, you probably knew that – but did you also know that The China Study results also demonstrated that a total cholesterol in the low 100’s range results in a considerably lower risk of strokes, type 2 diabetes, colon cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer and other chronic diseases when compared to a cholesterol in the high 100’s range?
Well then why on earth do we aim for a total cholesterol of under 200? I have come to the conclusion that the only possible answer is because a sub 150 totally cholesterol is “culturally impossible”. It would mean parting ways with burgers, franks, and fried chicken and replacing them with beans, veggies, and fruit on a regular basis. It is easier to ignore the China Study Research than to confront modifying our societal norms.
There is good news. Nearly anyone can achieve a sub 150 total cholesterol in a matter of weeks or months, often without medication. I am living proof. You can begin protecting yourself today from the diseases that are most likely to cause early death, with a plant based whole foods diet.