Dr Trudi Deakin, founder and CEO of X-PERT Health (back, centre), with team members at the diabetes education charity's headquarters. Front, from the left: Lisa Graham, Ian Cunningham, Megan Kelly. Back: Helen Knight, Janice Meakin.
Instead, Dr Deakin said that fatty plaques were caused by carbohydrates: “The damaged LDL particles are broken down, releasing the cholesterol, and this gets caught up in the resulting plaques. A good analogy would be that car crashes are more likely when there is an abundance of cars on the road.
“Excess carbohydrate gets converted to fat in the liver and this drives the production of the small dense LDL particles.
“Interestingly, people who consume a higher saturated fat, lower carbohydrate diet actually have fewer and larger LDL particles, which reduces their risk of having a heart attack.”
Cholesterol is essential to life, as it is: part of every cell wall in the body (approx. 70 trillion cells); required to make vitamin D from sunlight; needed to make the sex hormones testosterone, oestrogen and progesterone; a vital ingredient of bile, without which we cannot digest fats; essential for brain function - although the brain only represents about 2-3% of total body weight, 25% of the body's cholesterol is found in the brain. In fact, the best age-related memory function has been observed in those with the highest levels of cholesterol.
X-PERT Health has launched a new series of educational visual aids aimed at raising awareness of the real causes of heart disease and celebrate their 10th anniversary at their Anniversary and Awards Event on Wednesday, 8th July at the Burlington McDonald Hotel, in Birmingham.
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