Mainstream doctors have one message when it comes to “bad” LDL cholesterol: The lower, the better.
That’s why they pump you full of statins, hoping to decrease your LDL readings as low as they possibly can.
But new research shows they may be doing grave damage to your health.
The study was published in the journal Neurology. Scientists looked at the medical records of 27,937 subjects who were enrolled in the Women’s Health Study.
A hemorrhagic stroke is a type of stroke that involves bleeding. It’s different from an ischemic stroke, which is a blockage of blood flow to the brain.
Hemorrhagic strokes are harder to treat. Because of that, they are often deadlier.
Researchers found that patients with LDL cholesterol below 74 mg/dL were 2.2 times more likely to have a bleeding stroke.
Dr. Pamela Rist is the study author. She said that methods for lowering cholesterol, “like modifying diet or taking statins” are widely used to prevent heart disease. But “very low levels may also carry some risks.”
Statins: What Your Doctor Won’t Tell You
Studies show statins do little if anything to reduce your risk of heart disease. And they can have serious side effects. They raise your risk of diabetes, for one thing.
There are safe, natural drug-free alternatives to improve your cardiovascular health:
- Dump simple carbs and grains. They raise blood sugar, which releases insulin into your system. This leads to inflammation and heart disease. Stay away from sugar, bread, and pasta.
- Avoid these oils. Corn…canola…vegetable…soybean. They all contain large amounts of omega-6 fatty acids that wreak havoc on the coronary system. Replace these with heart-healthy alternatives like organic extra virgin olive and coconut oil.
- Add antioxidants. Dark chocolate and red wine are loaded with them. Some of the best antioxidant sources include tart organic berries and leafy green vegetables. Tomatoes are great for cardiovascular health, too.
One more thing…
For years, we’ve been recommending high-intensity interval training (HIIT). Study after study has shown that it can reverse poor cardiovascular health. HIIT improves heart function, increases elasticity of the arteries and heart, and boosts cardiovascular oxygen intake.
The basic formula for HIIT is simple. Warm up for three to five minutes…then go hard for the next minute, longer if you can.
Then slow down to catch your breath for the next minute or two. Repeat this process five to seven times. Cool down for at least two minutes.
You can apply the HIIT principal to just about any type of cardio exercise. A treadmill, bike, elliptical machine, stair climber, rowing machine, and swimming all work well.
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