How High HDL Cholesterol (“Good” Cholesterol) Causes Blindness
This is especially alarming since you’ve been given advice for decades to raise it and millions of people are taking prescription drugs aimed at boosting high HDL cholesterol level.
They went about it in a particularly clever way by using genetic information to exclude the interference of environmental factors.
Think about it: if you want to find out whether high cholesterol causes cancer, you can analyze the information of thousands of people, find those with high cholesterol, and check whether they are more likely to have cancer than those with low cholesterol.
To get around this problem, scientists often use the genetic variant previously established to cause high cholesterol, rather than high cholesterol itself, to establish a link with cancer rates. Presumably, since people are born with a genetic variant, this excludes dieting, exercise, and other environmental factors from the equation.
That is what the researchers in the Nature Communications study did.
They took the genetic variants related to cholesterol, blood pressure, and the other conditions listed above from participants in two studies, overall, just over 160,000 people.
They then listed the diseases from which each of these people suffered, and compared the two lists with each other.
There were many unsurprising findings, such as that those prone to obesity were more likely to have type II diabetes and arthritis, and that those with high cholesterol were at risk of coronary artery disease.
But the interesting discovery was that, together with protecting against diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease, high HDL cholesterol (commonly called good cholesterol) increases our risk of developing age-related macular degeneration.
Macular degeneration is a more common cause of blindness than cataracts and glaucoma.
It happens when the cells that make up the middle part of your retina, called your macula, deteriorate and die. This causes the central part of your visual field to become blurry and later dark.
If these studies are right, it means that you should never try to increase your HDL levels artificially using medications.
The key is to create a balance between good (HDL) and bad (LDL) cholesterol, using simple lifestyle changes.
This post is from the Oxidized Cholesterol Strategy Program created by Scott Davis. He once suffered from High Cholesterol so much that he even had a severe heart attack. This is what essentially led him to finding healthier alternatives to conventional medication.
The program is highly focused on eliminating one simple ingredient you consume every single day, an ingredient you had no idea you were even putting it your body. What’s scary is that this ingredient isn’t even listed on the label of many common food choices. It’s terrifying stuff! So, this system starts you off with valuable information about this one simple ingredient, what it’s doing to your body and what you can do about it. But it doesn’t end there.
The Oxidized Cholesterol Strategy goes on to teach you a wide range of diet, fitness, lifestyle, exercise, sleep and eating tips that will help you maximize your results. More importantly, these tips will help completely clean out any plaque build-up in your arteries.