Beyond Cholesterol — What Really Causes Heart Disease?
According to Dr. Thomas Dayspring, a lipidologist (expert on cholesterol), and Director of Cardiovascular Education at Foundation for Health Improvement and Technology (FHIT), most heart attacks are due to insulin resistance.
He has also stated that LDL “is a near-worthless predictor for cardiovascular issues.”
Evidence suggests high total cholesterol and even high LDL are insignificant when trying to determine your heart disease risk.
Your best predictor is your insulin sensitivity.
Your fasting insulin level can be determined by a simple, inexpensive blood test.
As for preventing or reversing hyperinsulinemia or insulin resistance, the following general guidelines will set you on the right track:
- Dramatically reduce your net carbs and eliminate processed fructose, as this is what set this cascade of metabolic dysfunction into motion in the first place.
Replace the lost calories with higher amounts of healthy fats, not protein.
- Normalize your omega-3-to-omega-6 ratio.
Most get far too little omega-3, found in fatty fish such as wild Alaskan salmon, sardines, anchovies, fish oil and krill oil, and too much omega-6, as it is plentiful in processed vegetable oils and hence processed and fried foods.
- Optimize your vitamin D level by getting regular, sensible sun exposure.
Other nutrients of importance include magnesium and vitamins K2 and C.
- Get eight hours of high quality sleep each night to normalize your hormonal system.
Research has shown sleep deprivation can have a significant bearing on your insulin sensitivity.
- Get regular exercise, as it is a powerful way to help normalize your insulin sensitivity.
My previous post on Endurance Athletes and Heart Health listed some factors, this video goes further and explains the underlying causes that we all need to understand: