Like most, the tragic shootings in America got me thinking…AGAIN, around what on earth can be done about all of this senseless murdering!?
The answer seems to be right there in front of us, and yet alludes legislation every time.
Restrict the supply of guns. Right? Surely? What do I know…well I DO know nutrition, so I’ll stick to that for now.
The toing and froing between who is to blame for these murderous acts, is it the guns or the shooters, actually tied into yesterday’s Daily MANtra…in a roundabout kind of way.
Yesterday’s Daily MANtra was on the subject of cholesterol, specifically, what’s to blame for the increased risk of heart disease and diabetes, these largely avoidable inflammatory diseases plaguing society.
Blame. It’s human bloody nature to have to place responsibility on someone and/or something.
Sometimes that’s good, but most of the time it’s bad.
In the case of heart disease and diabetes risk though, it’s good to point the finger.
Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol gets the brunt of the blame for arterial plaques and heart disease BUT…
Blaming LDL for the arterial plaques (atheromas) and heart disease epidemic we are seeing here in the UK is like blaming the shooter for ‘shooting’ these innocent people.
Yes this idiot had the potential to shoot these people, but the potential was only present because of the guns!
Back to nutrition…
Yes, if you dissect the composition of the atheromas in our arteries in order to see what’s in the ‘plaque like’ substance, you would indeed see LDL cholesterol…
But look closer and you will see something known as Oxidised LDL cholesterol.
Oxidized LDL can produce inflammation in arteries that supply blood to your organs and other tissues, this inflammation causes atherosclerosis which increases your risk of having a heart attack or stroke.
How does Oxidised LDL come to be then?
Through the barrage of free radicals, triggered by one or all of the following:
- Consuming a diet that is high in trans fats
- Having poorly controlled diabetes and therefore high blood sugar levels
- Being diagnosed with metabolic syndrome
So, facts seem to be that high levels of LDL cholesterol do admittedly INCREASE RISK of developing cardiovascular disease…
But only in the same way that one murderous, psychotic individual increases the risk of mass murder to members of the public (sad but true).
The extent of damage caused by this ‘individual’ depends on a combination of factors…the pairing of LDL cholesterol and sugar (for example), and the pairing of a murderous individual and a gun.
The answer, remove refined sugar from the diet (stuff found in cola, sweets, chocolate etc) and the capacity to oxidise LDL cholesterol decreases. Similarly, and perhaps too simplistically, remove the guns, and the capacity to shoot people decreases also.
Although both suggestions are SIMPLE in principle…they are by no means EASY to implement.
P.s. By no means am I saying high LDL levels are desirable, they are not and we need to keep the levels down within normal healthy ranges. However, we also need to keep the above points in check too if we want long term sustainable health.
If you need help and support on the nutrition front then, such as how to keep free radical levels low and oxidation down, then jump over to my MANtra Diet Reset now and get things in check.