Thanks for your succession of comments.
I can't find the studies supporting my assertion
I'm just back from a trip to the mall for coffees. While there I decided to try an email to the Education Team within the Coronary Care Unit of the hospital that implanted a stent in my heart about 15 years ago. I will explicitly ask about any recent research into dietary cholesterol, and specifically the type that eggs contain. Hopefully, I'll be able to post my enquiry and their reply here later.
The last time I researched this was about 6 years ago. Medical opinions can change a lot in that period of time.
I clearly recall two things I found from reputable sources at that time.
1. The American Center for Disease Control had some basic information pages about cholesterol on its website. There were a few decorative photos. I'm sure the reason for the photo of a plate with some fried eggs and bacon was intended to suggest "This may be dangerous", not "We recommend this".
2. The website of the Berkeley Medical School (among the highest ranked medical schools in America) had a recommendation that dietary cholesterol be limited to an average of 300 mg for most people, but 200 mg for those with any high risk factor. [Roughly speaking, 3 serves of 100 mg of meats is a long way short of 300 mg of dietary cholesterol, but two serves of meat and one egg yolk will put you just over.]
The consensus seemed to be that an egg a day is safe for most people
That was definitely the "consensus" the last time I checked, with the qualification that some now think the recommendation should be bit lower.
although given the further information about your health, you don't qualify as 'most people'.
I strongly doubt anyone has ever said I "qualify as 'most people' " about anything! :-) Perhaps, relative poverty? :(
Certainly, no doctor has ever said that when talking about the health of my CV system.
personally I regard eggs as safe and I will continue to eat as many as I want when I want.
I would say some people may safely eat several eggs per day, for others any more than one per second day may be unsafe.
For growing children of poor parents in Third World countries I'd consider them the closest thing they'll get to a blessing from God!
My recommendation to you about whether it is wise to continue eating a lot of eggs would be this:
Ask your doctor whether it is a reasonable precaution for you to start taking a low dose of statins. If they say you don't need it, keep on doing what is working for your metabolism. If they say yes, I would try to limit my consuption of egg yolks to at most one per day.
BTW, I never use whole eggs in cooking. I substitute two tablespoons of cooking oil plus the egg while in any recipe that uses eggs.
Latest research shows that free radicals actually play a vital role in human physiology. Loading up on antioxidants lowers your cancer risk up to a certain point, after which it increases again. You can consume too many antioxidants :(
Can you identify any studies supporting that assertion?
I'll ask about that too in my letter to the Education Team.
[mechanisms that cause strokes and heart attacks] can be the same but they can also be very different.
Actually, I do not care about the mechanisms.
Do you have any comment on whether the risk factors may be different?
BTW, may I wish you a happy and healthy new year. :-)