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Surprise -- Cholesterol May Actually Pose Benefits, Study Shows
Science Daily ^ | 1-10-2008 | Texas A&M University

Posted on 01/10/2008 3:27:15 PM PST by blam

Surprise -- Cholesterol May Actually Pose Benefits, Study Shows

ScienceDaily (Jan. 10, 2008) — If you’re worried about high cholesterol levels and keeping heart-healthy as you get older, don’t push aside bacon and eggs just yet. A new study says they might actually provide a benefit.

Researchers at Texas A&M University have discovered that lower cholesterol levels can actually reduce muscle gain with exercising. Lead investigator Steven Riechman, assistant professor of health and kinesiology, and Simon Sheather, head of the Department of Statistics, along with colleagues from The Johns Hopkins Weight Management Center and the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, have recently had their findings published in the Journal of Gerontology.

Bottom line: Before you have that second helping of oatmeal, it’s very possible that cholesterol may not be the mean Mr. Evil thing we tend to believe it is.

“We were not expecting to get these kind of results,” Riechman explains.

“We need further research in this area, but what we found could really make us look differently at cholesterol, especially as it relates to a vigorous workout.”

The team studied 55 men and women, ages 60-69, who were healthy non-smokers and were able to perform exercise testing and training.

Three days a week for 12 weeks, participants performed several exercises, including stretching, stationary bike riding and vigorous weight lifting. Those who had to miss one or more sessions all conducted make-up sessions so that by the study’s end, the entire group had engaged in uniform activities. Also, all participants consumed similar meals.

At the conclusion of the study, the researchers found that there was a significant association of dietary cholesterol and change in strength. In general, those with higher cholesterol intake also had the highest muscle strength gain.

Cholesterol circulating in the blood also appeared to have contributed to greater muscle gain in the participants, Riechman said.

“One possible explanation is through cholesterol’s important role in the inflammation process,” he noted.

“As you exercise, your muscles can become sore because they are rebuilding muscle mass. More cholesterol may result in a more robust inflammatory response. We know that inflammation in some areas, such as near the heart, is not good, but for building muscles it may be beneficial, and cholesterol appears to aid in this process.”

Riechman said that subjects who were taking cholesterol-lowering drugs while participating in the study showed lower muscle gain totals than those who were not.

“Needless to say, these findings caught us totally off guard,” he explains.

“From here, we need to look at a number of questions, such as what exactly happens to cholesterol while you are exercising? What role does protein intake have in all of this? What we really need to do is to trace cholesterol the moment it goes into the muscles.”

Combined with exercise, cholesterol appears to play a role in contributing to muscle gain, Riechman says. The key here is working out – it doesn’t mean sitting in front of a television all day thinking you don’t have to worry about cholesterol levels.

“Our findings show that the restricting of cholesterol – while in the process of exercising – appears to affect building muscle mass in a negative manner. If it’s true, as our findings suggest, that cholesterol may play a key role in muscle repair, we need to know exactly how that happens. And because cholesterol is negatively associated with cardiovascular health, we need further study in this area. It shows that there is still a lot about cholesterol that we don’t know.”

Adapted from materials provided by Texas A&M University.


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1 posted on 01/10/2008 3:27:18 PM PST by blam
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To: Lil'freeper

Ping


2 posted on 01/10/2008 3:28:46 PM PST by big'ol_freeper (ROMNEY: "I LOVE MANDATES.")
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To: blam

Isn’t that why I take CO Q10 with my Zocor? The CO Q10 aids in muscle repair caused by the statins damage.


3 posted on 01/10/2008 3:34:29 PM PST by BreezyDog
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To: blam

Oh, crap.


4 posted on 01/10/2008 3:35:12 PM PST by Jeff Chandler (Hillary Clinton: Cankles, Cackle, and Cuckold.)
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To: blam
Merck is not going to like this.

"A former Pfizer exec accused the drugmaker of illegally boosting Lipitor sales through an elaborate campaign of misleading educational programs for docs, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Jesse Polansky, claims that the educational campaign was a key part of a marketing strategy that “led thousands of physicians to prescribe Lipitor for millions of patients who did not need medication” and could be harmed by overly aggressive treatment.

His lawsuit was filed in federal court in New York in February 2004, but was sealed while prosecutors decided whether to join the case."

This whole issue has taken a long time to start unravelling, but its a start.

5 posted on 01/10/2008 3:35:29 PM PST by Gorzaloon
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To: blam

Billions spent on all these studies for decades and everything always comes down to.......

All things in moderation, get regular excercise.

Shocker.

I am in the wrong line of work.


6 posted on 01/10/2008 3:39:50 PM PST by Names Ash Housewares
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To: blam

OK, so if your cholesterol is sky-high you’ll look like Arnold Schwarteneggar when they put you in the box because you dropped dead of a heart attack.

Seriously, cardiovascular health is very complex. One can have high, normal or low overall cholesterol and be either healthy or unhealthy-because other factors come into play:

HDL/LDL ratio

Whether your LDLs are oxidized (which has a lot to do with how much in the way of anti-oxydants you consume, esp. with high-fat meals)

Arterial health

Triglycerides level

Overall level of inflammation

Hereditary factors

Level of Coenzyme Q10 (which is depleted naturally as one ages, and which is dramatically depleted when consuming statin drugs to lower cholesterol - so you have clear arteries and die of congestive heart failure).

These things only touch the surface.

I am NOT a doctor or in the health field. I get most of my information regarding health and nutrition from Life Extension Foundation (I’m only a member, and don’t profit in any way from attracting new members, selling the products, working there, etc., nor does anyone in my family). Their website is: http://www.lef.org/


7 posted on 01/10/2008 3:42:59 PM PST by Ancesthntr (Iíve joined the Frederation.)
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To: blam

I give up.


8 posted on 01/10/2008 3:43:12 PM PST by JOE6PAK (blithering intellectual.)
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To: Names Ash Housewares
I still have and old Aunt who insists margarine is going to save her life and refuses to use butter.
9 posted on 01/10/2008 3:43:19 PM PST by alisasny (RIP Lt. Kevin ¬ďKojak¬Ē Davis BLUE ANGELS #6 THANKYOU!!)
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To: Names Ash Housewares

Hooray for greasy pizza, cold beer and midnight snacks.


10 posted on 01/10/2008 3:46:53 PM PST by max americana
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To: BreezyDog

“Isn’t that why I take CO Q10 with my Zocor? The CO Q10 aids in muscle repair caused by the statins damage.”

You’re doing the right thing to take Co Q10 - statins deplete it, and it is vital to helping cells produce energy. The lack of Co Q10 among most who take statins accounts for why so many people with controlled cholesterol levels are dying of congestive heart failure.

BTW, you might want to take the Ubiquinol (as opposed to the cheaper and more available Ubiquinone) form of Co Q10. Unfortunately, while it is absorbed much better, it is available from only 1 source in the US - http://www.lef.org/

As stated above, I don’t benefit from LEF in any way - I belong because they actually seem to give a damn about one’s overall health and longevity, and they do and publish a bunch of leading edge research.


11 posted on 01/10/2008 3:47:11 PM PST by Ancesthntr (Iíve joined the Frederation.)
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To: BreezyDog
"Isn’t that why I take CO Q10 with my Zocor? The CO Q10 aids in muscle repair caused by the statins damage."

Boy, tell me! LOL.

12 posted on 01/10/2008 3:48:03 PM PST by blam (Secure the border and enforce the law)
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To: blam

They’re surprised??? Cholesterol is THE starting material for all steroid hormones. For those unfamiliar with the process, go to this link http://www.vivo.colostate.edu/hbooks/pathphys/endocrine/basics/steroidogenesis.html and scroll down about 2/3rds of the way to see the “map” of the most important 16 of many hormones built from cholesterol.


13 posted on 01/10/2008 3:48:45 PM PST by GovernmentShrinker
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To: blam

Good to know that I didn’t kill myself with the bacon and eggs this morning, yesterday morning, and again tomorrow morning. I can’t wait until they admit Oreos are the new miracle food.


14 posted on 01/10/2008 3:52:14 PM PST by mtbopfuyn (I think the border is kind of an artificial barrier - San Antonio councilwoman Patti Radle)
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To: Ancesthntr
You’re doing the right thing to take Co Q10 - statins deplete it, and it is vital to helping cells produce energy.

This has been pointed out to the FDA many times. Many wanted the CoQ recommendation placed in the drug literature. The FDA refused to do so, influenced by the drug manufacturing lobby, thinking it may scare people off and more importantly, reduce the sales of the products. THIS IS WORSE THAN THE GLOBAL WARMING SCAM. DO your homework before taking statins!!!!

15 posted on 01/10/2008 3:55:57 PM PST by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all.....)
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To: Names Ash Housewares
Billions spent on all these studies for decades and everything always comes down to.......

All things in moderation, get regular excercise.

My grandfather (may he RIP) was a doctor for over 50 years. When he was about 75 I asked him, "So, what's the secret to living a long life?"

His response stunned me: "Stay away from doctors and stay away from hospitals."

Naturally I asked for an explanation. It was long, but boiled down to avoiding needless surgery and overly aggressive treatment with drugs, and by avoiding surgery you will stay out of the hospitals that are the breeding grounds for the most virulent bugs on earth. Basically, G-d gave us a magnificent machine that repairs itself most of the time, and that if you treat it right by eating moderate and balanced meals of nutritious food, getting a reasonable amount of exercise and a good amount of sleep, then you'll live a long time unless you have an accident or really bad genes. He also mentioned that having a good sense of humor didn't hurt, as sour-pusses usually have a lot of stress and put themselves into an early grave.

FYI, Grampa had a stroke at age 78, most likely caused by the interactions of the multiple drugs he was taking. Nonetheless, this short, fat man (think 5'5" and over 200 pounds since I was a little kid) who smoked cigars until he had his stroke lived to be nearly 86. Part of the credit is no doubt due to the amount of fish he ate, plus staying out of hospitals and avoiding other docs for a long time. I wish he had taken a bit better care of himself, and I miss him terribly, but I'll always cherish his memory.

16 posted on 01/10/2008 3:57:45 PM PST by Ancesthntr (Iíve joined the Frederation.)
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To: max americana

Cold pizza and room temperature coke - the best breakfast.


17 posted on 01/10/2008 3:58:41 PM PST by A knight without armor
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To: blam

Since the body actually MAKES cholesterol, why should I be surprised that it is beneficial?


18 posted on 01/10/2008 3:58:42 PM PST by Petronski (Slick Willard LOVES government mandates. He said so himself.)
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To: GovernmentShrinker

Cholesterol is also the material that maintains the integrity of cell walls and which is converted into extremely beneficial Vitamin D (D3, actually) when hit by UV rays (i.e. getting a bit of sun each day is GOOD for you - because Vitamin D helps to fight infections, heart disease and cancer...so much for the scare over sun exposure).

Once again, moderation is the key to nearly everything.


19 posted on 01/10/2008 4:02:01 PM PST by Ancesthntr (Iíve joined the Frederation.)
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To: Petronski
Since the body actually MAKES cholesterol, why should I be surprised that it is beneficial?

While it IS beneficial if within healthy ranges, this is not universally true. Also, I wouldn't necessarily use that particular argument, because the body also makes urine and feces, and I'm not about to consume them.

20 posted on 01/10/2008 4:03:47 PM PST by Ancesthntr (Iíve joined the Frederation.)
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