How Do We Know that Cholesterol Causes Heart Disease?
What would happen if you randomized babies at birth to a lifetime of low cholesterol levels? Nature did it for us! In this video I introduce the concept of Mendelian randomization.
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If you don’t know your cholesterol, you should get it checked—maybe even starting in childhood. See my last video, Should All Children Have their Cholesterol Checked? (http://nutritionfacts.org/vide....o/should-all-childre
What if you do get tested and your doctors tells you not to worry because your cholesterol’s “normal.” Having a normal cholesterol in the society where it’s normal to drop dead of heart attack (the #1 killer of men and women!) r is not necessarily a good thing. See my video When Low Risk Means High Risk (http://nutritionfacts.org/vide....o/when-low-risk-mean
Check out Optimal Cholesterol Level (http://nutritionfacts.org/vide....o/optimal-cholestero to find out where you should be.
OK, but what if your doctor tells you that your LDL is large and fluffy? See my video Does Cholesterol Size Matter? (http://nutritionfacts.org/vide....o/Does-Cholesterol-S
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-Michael Greger, MD FACLM
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