Why cholesterol is not the villain it is made out to be

The mainstream thinks (and wants you to believe) that your cholesterol number is a crystal ball. When it’s low, your heart is safe from disease. When it’s high, well, then you are in trouble…

But somehow, cholesterol control is not working out the way the mainstream wants it to — we all know people with limbo-low cholesterol counts that have dropped dead of heart attacks and people with runaway cholesterol numbers who have lived to ripe old ages.

The fact is, if you REALLY want to understand your heart attack risk, you should ditch your cholesterol numbers and start watching your DHEA levels instead.

You’ve probably heard DHEA is called the “fountain of youth” hormone because levels drop sharply as we age. Low DHEA has already been linked to just about every disease associated with aging — Alzheimer’s, fatigue and even a sluggish immune system.

And now you can add heart attacks to that list.

In a new study, a Swedish team used blood samples to measure DHEA in more than 2,600 men aged 69 and older. Five years later, the men with low DHEA levels were all much more likely to have suffered some sort of major coronary event, like a heart attack.

Now, I know what you’re thinking — you’ll just swing by your local health food store, buy some DHEA capsules, and your ticker will be as good as new in no time.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that way. Dr. Wright doesn’t recommend taking a DHEA supplement because once you swallow it, they head right to your intestines and then straight to your liver. But instead of circulating the DHEA in your blood stream, your liver boots it out as waste.

You should also avoid a DHEA drug called prasterone. Like the supplement, it’s taken orally. And it’s not even real DHEA — it’s a synthetic copy that comes with a list of worrisome side effects.

As usual, Dr. Wright’s advice is to copy nature whenever possible.

Your body releases DHEA from your adrenal glands straight into your bloodstream. By that path, DHEA reaches every cell of your body. So the most efficient way to mimic that method is with bio-identical hormone cream that’s applied to mucus membranes.

Dr. Wright strongly suggests that you consult with a doctor skilled and knowledgeable about bio-identical hormone replacement. He’ll measure your DHEA levels and tell you exactly how much you need.

Your heart will thank you — and you’ll feel like you’ve been sipping from the fountain of youth in no time.

Wishing you the best of health,

Dr. Jonathan V. Wright
Editor
Nutrition & Healing
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Sources:

Dehydroepiandrosterone and its Sulfate Predict the 5-Year Risk of Coronary Heart Disease Events in Elderly Men, content.onlinejacc.org

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