Experts agree we shouldn’t talk about good and bad cholesterol – Nation World News

More and more experts confirm that cholesterol is “the only one”.

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“You have to increase the good cholesterol and lower the bad cholesterol”, The concept that has been with us for years is going down in history And it’s earning a spot on the platform of popular science myths.

“That division is not good. It has been used for many years, but cholesterol is neither good nor bad”, Clarin Pablo, a doctor specializing in internal medicine, tells CoralLipidologist and President of the Argentine Society of Lipids (SAL).

“That denomination is no longer used in the academic field today and it is to be discouraged, although many doctors and laymen speak of good cholesterol, which supersedes bad cholesterol,” Corle continues.

Neither hero nor villain. Neither angel nor demon. For the reference of Argentina in this case, Cholesterol is straight “the one”,

What is cholesterol?
Cholesterol is a substance that is present in the body. It is required in minimal amounts for basic biological processes, such as cell function, hormone and vitamin synthesis.

The problem is that excess cholesterol, The above values ​​are considered high, it is considered injurious to health and can cause heart diseases.,

When asked what the optimal cholesterol value is, Coral explains that, with nearly 25 years as a doctor, what he said was 280 was the maximum, then it was lowered to 240 and then to 200.

“Today it is known that the lower the cholesterol, the better”, In terms of LDL levels.

“The amount of cholesterol that we need in the body for cells to function, to synthesize vitamins and hormones, is minimal. Anything above that value begins to cause problems at the arterial level”Lipidologist explains.

Why was it divided into “good” and “bad” cholesterol?
Cholesterol is transported in different proteins: HDL, which are high-density proteins (the abbreviation comes from the English “high”) and LDL, which are low-density proteins (from the English “low”).

The one that is linked to heart diseases is LDL protein, formerly called “bad” cholesterol, while HDL protein was called “good” cholesterol.

The division is based on the fact that there was a study in the 1980s that showed (later confirmed it didn’t) that having lots of HDL protects us. Then it was named “good” cholesterol.

“It later turned out that it’s not that good cholesterol. It’s not that it’s bad, but it’s not that having such a high HDL is protective either,” Coral stressed.

In this sense, a study published last year in the journal Metabolism, Clinical and Experimental by the Medical Research Institute of Hospital del Mar (IMIM) in Spain showed that not all HDL cholesterol is healthy.

A division that “disappoints”
In the United States, Peter Attia, a physician specializing in longevity science, says he feels “disappointed” with the way the press writes about “good” and “bad” cholesterol.

So much so that he took the issue on his shoulder and spread it on his social network, where he has hundreds of thousands of followers.

“Cholesterol is a complex molecule synthesized by every cell in the body. Cholesterol is essential to life. No cholesterol = no life,” begins the thread he posted on Twitter.

“Cholesterol needs to be transported around the body, but there is a major problem with doing so, because it is not soluble in water. The solution is lipoproteins, which vary in density (and are classified by the apolipoproteins around them). goes),” he continues.

Doctors explain that LDL and HDL are lipoproteins. No biochemical measurements. And he assured that there are no differences between the two.

“Is HDL cholesterol different from LDL cholesterol? Not at all. So it is completely wrong to say that HDL is good cholesterol and HDL is bad cholesterol,” Attia says.

So how much HDL should you have?
“We must tell people that sectarianism and division between good and evil is not scientifically correct”, closes Dr. Coral in his telephone conversation with this newspaper.

“Trying to convince the population that having a high HDL (the so-called ‘good’) does not protect against heart disease,” said the president of the Argentine Lipid Society.

When asked whether there is an optimal or desirable value for HDL, CORAL is blunt in its denial: “There is currently no target for HDL. It is not a therapeutic target.”

Source: Clarins.


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