Cholesterol has a bad rep. In 2009, nearly 600,000 Americans died of heart disease, more than the deaths from all cancers combined. And there’s no getting around it: high cholesterol is a major risk factor for heart disease. But what if we told you that a certain type of cholesterol is actually trying to help you? In many cases, cholesterol isn’t the culprit. It’s just responding to other underlying issues in the body.
In a recent article on her blog, Food Diary of a Dietitian, Kathleen Bundy sets out to clear cholesterol’s name. She explains the chemical’s important roles in human health, including its place in every single cell membrane in your body. Most Americans are at least aware of the negative connotations associated with the phrase ‘high cholesterol.’ As Kathleen explains, however, if your cholesterol is too low you could be a risk for various deficiencies, imbalances, and mental problems. She’ll introduce you to the two main types of cholesterol, their effects on your health, and how to make sure you are taking in the right amounts for a happy, healthy heart.
Kathleen Bundy is a Registered Dietitian who works with people on a range of nutrition issues – managing chronic health conditions, looking to balance their metabolism, or trying to find small ways to tweak one’s current plan for performance. She specializes in food sensitivities, chronic inflammatory conditions, digestive disorders, metabolism, and weight management. Kathleen is currently the staff nutritionist at the Center for Health and Wellbeing in San Diego. She has worked as a clinical dietitian at Virginia Mason Medical Center and completed a certificate program in Adult Weight Management through the CDR. Kathleen has been adjunct faculty at Bastyr University & Wu Hsing Tao acupuncture school.