Can i still avoid heart disease , as my age is only 30 years. My weight is 78 kg. Height 5'11".
If you look at the molecular structure of fat there are different types which have different effect on the body. Trans fats for example are a definite no no for the body. All fat molecules have a glycerol atomic structure in them and then the different fatty acids bonded to these make up the different fats. Some are dealt with much easier in the body than others. However, disregard all of this because research is not finding fats are the cause of heart disease anymore. Yes they are a part of the process when it starts, but not the actual cause. An autopsy many years ago revealed a slimy substance in coronary arteries of the victim (fat) and since then they have blamed it as the cause. Decades ago they found processed sugar was also a strong possibility as a cause but they still stuck to the fat scenario. It is none of these which cause heart disease. Your arteries have a lining of cells called the Endothelium which is just 1 cell thick. These cells make the artery lining as smooth as glass for the blood to pass through, along with everything it carries within it. The cause of heart disease is when these cells become damaged. Once damaged, the surrounding endothelium cells produce tiny protein hooks which grab platelets in the blood causing a clot. The hole where the endothelium cells are damaged allows fat lipids to float into the artery wall and get lodged. Once your clot starts to form, your Endothelium then send out a chemical to start inflammation which attracts white blood cells. Macrophage white cells enter the wall and gobble up the lipids and get filled with fat. These then become foam cells. This is the heart disease starting. So the cause is damage to the cells in the first place. This can be due to high blood pressure, lack of certain vitamins etc or even genetic. Statin drugs don't work because they lower cholesterol. We know this because patients who have low cholesterol without taking statins also get heart disease. So it doesn't take a rocket scientist to work out that your lipid levels are nothing to do with it. If you had LDL of 50 or 5000, it would make no difference because cells (lipids) will still get trapped in the damaged area. Now, Statins do work but for a different reason. They seem to inhibit the inflammation process, which attracts the macrophages and allows repairs to be carried out much quicker. The easiest thing to do is look on the internet at how to calculate your basal metabolic rate. This will tell you how many calories you need just to stay alive each day. If you consume more than this without vigorous exercise, then your body will be storing the excess. Less calories than required and your health will diminish. You need to stay on your BMR as closely as possible. Most people are lucky if they can control their lipid levels by 15-20% by diet. The Liver makes fat when you sleep and can make the molecules by other substances whether we like it or not. This is how statins work, they slow this process down. I have hypercholesterolemia, which means even if I eat no fat, my Liver will work over time to produce a ton of lipids. This is benefical for fast healing and nerve/brain functions but it does mean statins are a good idea especially with my high blood pressure pounding the artery lining. I did a bit of research a while back on the fattest people on the planet. I was expecting to see that they died of heart disease but was shocked to discover that many didn't have heart disease. What they mostly died from was organ failure from other organs. Researchers know the process of heart disease right down to the last atom but reversing the process is the big problem. Currently there is nothing to remove the foam cells or fatty streaks from arteries. Blood is made of mostly water, and you can't get fat to dissolve in this so the blood can carry it away. You need a system to collect the fat, put it into lipids (which are basically tiny submarines) and carry it away. Personally I think the day will come with nanotechnology, where tiny molecular robots will be programmed to collect all the nasty stuff trapped in arteries and dispose of it. Unfortunately this is still decades away but they do have some clever nano machines now and so it's getting closer. The other alternative is artificial arteries which are synthetic but smooth and elastic. We have nothing smooth enough and everything required anticoagulants like Warfarin. I do think we will see something on this approach in the near future though.
Time Magazine June 2014 front cover: "Eat Butter. Scientists Labeled Fat the Enemy. Why They Were Wrong."
are you joking to me. how can a fatty diet maintain the cholesterol level.
I should of added some info on LDL lol. Here's another LCHF diet result from world record marathon runner Zach Bitters from his article :High Carb vs. High Fat"...
"As the results seen below clearly demonstrate, my overall health in terms of cholesterol has improved with a switch from a high-carbohydrate to a high-fat diet. My overall cholesterol increased [his cholesterol numbers rose from 161 to 179], but you have to look at why: My HDL (good cholesterol) went up from 53 mg/dl to 81 mg/dl. My LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) went from 96 mg/dl to N/A. I asked the nurse why she wrote N/A for my LDL and she said it was because it was so low the machine didn’t register a number. In terms of cholesterol, the high fat diet has improved my health."
Excerpt from Diet Doctor's article: “You Have Literally Saved My Life” about the lab results that improved switching to a LCHF (low carb high fat diet)...
"My overall stats to date include a notable reduction in Total Cholesterol down from 267 mg/dl (6.9 mmol/l) down to 162 mg/dl (4.2 mmol/l) - and an improvement in triglycerides from 478 mg/dl (5.4 mmol/l) down to 97 mg/dl (1.1 mmol/l)
My weight is down from 200 lbs (91 kg) to 166 lbs (75 kg).
My blood pressure down from 160/120 (for the last 5 years!) to 120/80 (consistently for the last 6 months).
My doctor was sceptical at the start – and having seen the results first hand – has asked me to send them the link. My heart attack ‘risk’ has dropped from 15% to under 3% – and I will be continuing to find ways to refine my health by adding some additional exercise."
From Diabetes UK - Low Carb High Fat Diet...
"The diet, because of its low requirement for insulin, has been recognised by the Swedish government as being suitable for people with type 2 diabetes and as helpful to individuals looking to lose weight or maintain a healthy weight.
Which foods can I eat on the LCHF diet? – Green light foods
The following foods are compliant with the diet:
Dairy: natural yoghurt, cheese, cream, butter
Olive oil and canola oil (organically grown and cold-pressed)
Home made sauces
The recommendation of the low carb, high fat diet is that people eat full fat versions of dairy food in preference to low fat options.
The diet does not rule out fatty meats and instead encourages people to leave the fat on rather than removing it.
Organic versions of foods are suggested where possible.
What food can I have up to moderate amounts? – Amber light foods
The following foods can be eaten in moderate amounts:
Bean and lentils
Nuts, almonds and sunflower seeds
Fruit (not including dried fruit)
Chocolate with a high cocoa quantity (65 to 90%)
Sausages can be eaten occasionally but can include undesirable additives.
Alcohol can be included with the note that it is fattening and can lead to imbalances in blood sugar.
What should be avoided on the diet? – Red light foods
The diet suggests that only a minimal amount of the following should be eaten:
Potato, rice, bread, flour and corn based products
Other cereal-based products – such as pasta, pastry, biscuits and breakfast cereals.
Sweets and cakes
Omega-6 based oils – such as corn, sunflower, safflower, soybean and peanut oil"