What Is Cholesterol?
Dietary cholesterol comes from the animal-based food we consume and cannot be measured by a doctor. The other type of cholesterol is blood cholesterol, which is made in the liver.[i]
Low-density lipoproteins (LDLs) and very low-density lipoproteins (VLDLs) carry cholesterol toward tissues.[ii, iii]
It is the oxidized LDL and VLDL that form the real risk factor. The smaller the molecule, the more easily it is oxidized, so the small LDL and VLDL are the targets of oxidation as are any small molecules in the blood.
Cholesterol is associated with the risk of CVD, but it is not the disease.
High cholesterol is a symptom of an underlying health problem. It predicts less than 35% of cardiovascular disease.
Most heart attack and stroke events occur in individuals without elevated cholesterol. At least half of all cardiac arrests occur in people with normal cholesterol levels.
Insulin activates the production of VLDL and LDL cholesterol
[i] Campbell, C.T. and M.T. Campbell (2006). The China Study. Dallas, Texas, Benbella Books.
[ii] Ibid (see above).