Most people believe that cholesterol levels are mostly a result of the foods we eat. In fact, this is what has been taught to the public for years: high cholesterol foods eaten over a long period of time results on high cholesterol. This link between high cholesterol foods such as foods with saturated or trans fats, fatty meats, processed snacks that use hydrogenated fat, and fast food, and high cholesterol has become ingrained in our collective consciousness, especially when we examine the damage high cholesterol can cause. The conditions associated with high cholesterol include heart attack, heart disease, and stroke.
But what if most of what we know about high cholesterol was false?
Most doctors and medical professionals, especially those that deal with cardiovascular health, know something very important that most people don’t know. The food you eat actually has very little bearing on your cholesterol levels!
No, what many fail to realize is that the truth about cholesterol is that it’s not just food that contribute to high cholesterol levels, in fact, food is one of the least important influences over our LDL (commonly known as “bad”) cholesterol. Genes play a big role, which is why it’s important to have cholesterol tested regularly if your family has a history of high cholesterol levels. Other factors include being overweight, not exercising, having diabetes, smoking, and being an older male.
Yet, those aren’t even the things you need to be most concerned about! The biggest factor that influences your cholesterol level is something you may not even be aware of. It’s this: most of the cholesterol in your body is produced by your own body! And further, the less cholesterol you eat through foods (a low cholesterol diet), the more your body is forced to produce!
In addition to these startling truths, there’s one other important fact to take into consideration: the substances in the body that are responsible for regulating the production of cholesterol, helping balance LDL and HDL levels, and producing triglycerides are none other than hormones.
In one study that specifically looked at HGH and cholesterol, patients who were considered HGH deficient were examined. They all had normal cholesterol, until levels of LDL and HDL were looked at specifically. People who were experiencing HGH deficiency were also shown to have high LDL cholesterol, and their HDL (or good) cholesterol levels were low! After receiving HGH therapy, the LDL and HDL levels became more normalized, and this was only after 6 months!
It’s important first of all to know your levels, no matter what your age. Many doctors recommend getting your cholesterol numbers in your twenties, and by the time you reach 40, have your cholesterol checked every few years, or sooner if you have risk factors. Regular exercise and healthy eating are also important ways to make sure your health is optimal. Next to these actions, making sure you have optimal levels of HGH may be one of your best weapons against high cholesterol as you age.