I am 75. Been vegan for three years. Always had very high cholesterol. normal weight, No other signs of heart disease, 125/75, rate 60. Vegan diet has done nothing to lower my cholesterol. I wonder how many other people it doesn't serve to control cholesterol? I wonder if it matters? Your article seems too absolute in it's conviction. I also eat a lot of pistachios every day with no effect on cholesterol. I like being vegan and will continue with it. But I really think those who advocate it should be more cautious in their supportive language. If you or anyone have an idea what I can do to lower my LDL cholesterol I'll do it and report back whether it works. I doubt I'll get an answer to this challenge. I haven't found anyone in the nutrition business willing to be accountable for their pronouncements.
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This is what I have firmly believed since becoming vegan in 1983 however, I read recently on Dr. Gabe Mirkin's eZine, that latest research shows our cholestrol numbers are no longer used as mortality indicators. How can this be I ask myself? If common sense prevails (which it usually doesn't as I've seen when it comes to individuals and what they eat), then it should be a no brainer. Our bodies manufacture cholestrol and if we add to that - well, the math is pretty simple. Why then I wonder, would some researchers deny this? I am of course constantly reminded by my meat eating acquaintances that their "mother/grandfather just died at age 100, an avid meat eater". I'd like to make it there too, but as with all vegans, SANS the statins, stents and bypasses and rather with peace on my plate! Keep up the great work Dr. Greger!! We enjoy your educational articles enormously!
As for people living to an old age as meat eaters: Yes, of course, given that nearly everyone in the world is a meat eater, there will be plenty who live to an old age (and plenty who don't). Some may make it to old age, but with declining mental acuity, diseased and barely able to move themselves. Look at Okinawans who eat a mostly plant based diet to see the population with the greatest number of centarians... but also to see an elderly population who are active and healthy out up until they pass.
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