September is National Cholesterol Month. Running is a great way to lower cholesterol as we’ll talk about later, but first here are some facts and figures that you need to know about cholesterol.

First, cholesterol isn’t completely bad. Most people know there are two types of cholesterol; HDL (good) and LDL (bad) cholesterol. There is actually no such thing as good or bad cholesterol. Both of these are vitally important to different functions in your body and bringing your LDL levels too low is actually not healthy for you. BOTH HDL and LDL are proteins that transport cholesterols from tissue to tissue. Your body also can’t make a majority of the hormones it needs like testosterone or estrogen without cholesterol. Even more importantly, it can’t make new cell membranes without cholesterol. So the main reason you have cholesterol in the first place is to repair and replace old damaged tissues and cells.

Yea, but I have high cholesterol so I need to take drugs to lower it right? Not necessarily. First of all, before 2004, 130-mg LDL was considered healthy. Since then, the U.S. government’s National Cholesterol Education Program has started to advise those who are at risk for heart disease to lower their LDL’s to as low as possible(70-100). I don’t want to get into the politics of how this opened up a much larger of number of the population that now was at risk and needed drugs but the numbers are truly astounding.

Dr. Mercola, a prominent medical doctor, states that it is very RARE for anyone to need a cholesterol lowering drug. In fact, he says that of the 20,000+ patients that have come to him only 4 or 5 have actually needed cholesterol lowering drugs, as they had genetic challenges that had required it.

On his website he reports that statin drugs can actually increase your risk of heart disease because they lower the amount of Coenzyme Q10 (Co-Q10). This leads to weakness, muscle aches, increase cancer risk, and immune system suppression.

Many times, a person’s cholesterol is increased because arteries are being damaged and your body is trying to repair them by sending cholesterol to the areas. The real problem is instead too much sugar in the bloodstream and inflammation in the body.

So this month, remember, the best way to lower cholesterol isn’t to take drugs. It’s to change your lifestyle. And part of that lifestyle change is to get out there and run. Running is a great way to relieve all kinds of stress, regulate blood sugar, and reduce this chronic inflammation in the body.

Set a goal, and start a running program today. If you want your gait analyzed before you do, let us know, I have a great deal going on right now. 425-820-7088