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High Cholesterol cause

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What causes high cholesterol?
Why would the body make more cholesterol than it needs?
Now here’s the problem: when people eat too many sugars and starches, especially refined and high glycemic index foods, blood insulin levels can spike. When insulin spikes, it turns on HMG –CoA reductase, which tells all of the body’s cells to make more cholesterol, even if they don’t need any more. This is probably the most important reason why some people have too much cholesterol in their bloodstream. Sugars and starches can raise insulin levels, which fools the body into thinking it should grow when it doesn’t need to. This is how low glycemic index diets and low-carbohydrate diets normalize cholesterol patterns—these diets reduce insulin levels, which in turn lower HMG-CoA reductase activity.

What we do know from research studies is that people who eat a diet high in refined carbohydrates tend to have a higher number of “bad” (smaller, denser, oxidized) LDL particles. This makes sense, because we know that carbohydrates are “pro-oxidants” —meaning they can cause oxidation.

Ivar; " Also if I am not mistaken the body uses cholesterol to protect it's arteries from oxidized markers/stress which unfortunately has a negative effect of clogging arteries and making the blood have to pump harder"
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Cholesterol which is produced in the liver is essential for the production of hormones, vitamin D and Bile acids.

We make our own cholesterol and dont need an external dietry supply.
Cholesterol which is produced in the liver is essential for the production of hormones, vitamin D and Bile acids.

We make our own cholesterol and dont need an external dietry supply.
@Sue D. "we also make our own vitamin d but we can benefit from dietary sources. with dietary sources then we would not have to make as much"

Is Dietary Cholesterol Harmful?
Research has shown that dietary cholesterol does not significantly impact cholesterol levels in your body, and data from population studies does not support an association between dietary cholesterol and heart disease in the general population

Though dietary cholesterol can slightly impact cholesterol levels, this isn’t an issue for most people.

In fact, two-thirds of the world’s population experience little or no increase in cholesterol levels after eating cholesterol-rich foods — even in large amounts .

A small number of people are considered cholesterol non-compensators or hyper-responders and appear to be more vulnerable to high-cholesterol foods.

However, hyper-responders are thought to recycle extra cholesterol back to the liver for excretion

Dietary cholesterol has also been shown to beneficially affect the LDL-to-HDL ratio, which is considered the best indicator of heart disease risk

While research shows that it’s unnecessary for most people to avoid dietary cholesterol, keep in mind that not all cholesterol-containing foods are healthy.
Recently I read about large trials showing eggs and whole milk are back in a healthy diet.

A low to moderate glycemic diet is important, but probably the most significant side of that is lower your glycemic load index foods. Avoid foods that flood carbs quickly into the blood stream. Make the body work harder to get sugars out of food.

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