The REAL Cause of Heart Disease and How Much Good do Those Statins Do?

Pills falling out from a bottleAs I wrote on this page, I have a stratospherically high level of cholesterol. So much so, that I was in a study group in Sussex, UK (a long time ago!).

So I was heartened to read recently that those who age with a higher level of cholesterol appear to be at a lower risk of heart disease (heart attacks or strokes) than those who age with a lower level of cholesterol. Click here to read the full article. (It’s detailed and well written, in plain, simple English).

It also gives some startling statistics on the benefits of statins – those drugs that are supposed to lower cholesterol and reduce the chances of heart disease.

An increasing number of more recent articles (that one was written in 2010) support the notion that:

  1. Your body needs cholesterol because it performs so many different and important functions
  2. Inflammation in the arteries and heart is the true underlying cause of heart disease

So what causes inflammation? There’s an almost limitless number of inflammation triggers:

  • Stress
  • Poor diet
  • Pollution in the air and water
  • Lack of exercise
  • Smoking
  • Excessive alcohol consumption (moderate quantities of red wine are thought to reduce the risk of heart disease)

Basically, inflammation triggers are difficult to avoid!

How do you reduce inflammation?

Diet, exercise, boosting your intake of anti-oxidants and moderating habits such as smoking and drinking. These are all things you have direct control over and making the changes gently will minimise the disruption to your usual routine.

But do please be careful: understanding the cause of heart disease is a very complex equation and sound-bite statements mostly only serve to over-simplify it!

In particular, be sure to search online for current information on inflammation lowering foods and diets and recognise that some dietary recommendations that were standard not so long ago have since been changed.

For the full details on how I took control of my inflammation (and the beneficial effects doing so has had on my overall health) pick up a copy of my free 20-page guide:


Martin Malden

PS: I found a more recent and detailed article (February 2014) on the effects of inflammation on heart disease and how to manage it – click here.