So I’ve recently lost a significant amount of weight, eating red meat, eggs, bacon, and dairy products. Everyone around me seems to think that I’m some sort of death wish and I’m on my way to a heart attack. People are always saying that my cholesterol is going to go through the roof, and I don’t really know what to think. I don’t eat as much as many on these boards, and certainly don’t get as much cholesterol as those on low-carb and carb-cycling diets.
My question is, should I even care about cholesterol? The more I read about it, the more mysterious it seems. What real health risk does high cholesterol pose? Does my diet change my levels significantly at all? I keep finding extremely contradictory information. I just want to make sure that I’m not killing myself or anything. Any insight from those with more experience would be appreciated.