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Heart Attack Defense

by Regina Fancy (2020-02-05)

After 40 years, the director of the famous Heart Attack Defense Review Framingham study had to admit: "In Framingham, Mass, the more saturated fat one ate, the more cholesterol one ate, the more calories one ate, the lower the person's serum cholesterol... we found that the people who ate the most cholesterol, ate the most saturated fat, ate the most calories, weighed the least and were the most physically active." The study showed that those who weighed more and had abnormally high blood cholesterol levels were slightly more at risk for future heart disease; but weight gain and cholesterol levels had an inverse correlation with fat and cholesterol intake in the diet.Finally scientists have studied the differences between Japan and the States. Japan is proud to display the lowest risk for heart attack than any other country and also the general cholesterol levels are very low. The difference in the condition of the arteries of American and Japanese people was studied in the 50s and found no differences in the degree of atherosclerosis in aorta and the arteries of the brain (8, 9).One could use at this point the fact that people on statins (cholesterol lowering drugs) have lower risks for heart disease. The thing with these studies is that the cardioprotective role of statins seems to be completely irrelevant with the cholesterol or LDL level in the blood serum.