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Why Cholesterol is Essential for Optimal Health, and the Six Most Important Risk Factors of Heart Disease

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  • Cholesterol is essential for good health, as it carries out essential functions within your cell membranes, and is critical for proper brain function and production of steroid hormones
  • Two tests that are good indicators of your risk for heart disease are your HDL to total cholesterol ratio, and your triglyceride to HDL ratio
  • Four additional risk factors for heart disease are your fasting insulin and fasting blood sugar levels, your waist circumference, and your iron level
  • Correcting insulin resistance appears to be a major factor in normalizing thyroid function, which in turn could normalize cholesterol metabolism

By Dr. Mercola

There's some serious confusion about cholesterol, and whether high cholesterol levels are responsible for heart disease.


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