There’s something about being in America that always re-sparks my interest in the truth about cholesterol. Maybe it’s the fact that my dad’s doctor insists he be on statins due to an extremely vague lipid profile. It also has to do with the frustration that many insurance policies determine your eligibility for coverage based on a test of simple your HDL/LDL cholesterol numbers, which says nothing about your health. That’s been the experience of my mom this week.
Anyway. I’ve shared my story about cholesterol, my mood and physical physique here, but I wanted to also share some of the reasons our body needs cholesterol and why its imperative that we don’t aim to lower our numbers:
- Reasons #1 Cholesterol gives us energy– Cholesterol is the precursor to our corticosteroids, hormones from the adrenal cortex that give us energy throughout the day.
More specifically, without cholesterol we could not make glucocorticoids which regulate glucose (sugar/carbs) metabolism, produce adequate amounts of cortisol and support the immune system by lowering inflammation. Could this explain the link between decades of low cholesterol hype and a significant increase in diabetes? Most definitely.
Mineralocorticoids are another category of corticosteroids which regulate, minerals which helps us maintain a steady blood pressure….