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According to American Heart Association figures, there are more than 50 percent of Americans who have less than desirable cholesterol levels. This means that every other person in the United States is at risk for heart disease due to high cholesterol levels. There are two types of cholesterol: the HDL and the LDL. Since the HDL is the good cholesterol, this should be at least 40mg/dL; less than this number is a major risk.
But what is HDL cholesterol?
HDL, or High-Density Lipoproteins, is the type of cholesterol that carries bad cholesterol, or LDL, way from the arteries and back to the liver. This type of cholesterol also removes excess cholesterol from plaque and slows its growth. HDL is often referred to as the good cholesterol. Because of this, there is a need to have a high level of HDL in the body to protect against heart attack.
The ideal number for HDL levels is at least 40mg/dL. However, the number can vary for men and women, but it should never be more than 60mg/dL for both because this would mean greater risk of stroke and heart disease.
That is why it is important to raise the HDL cholesterol level by eating a low-cholesterol diet, avoiding foods that are rich in saturated fats and trans-fatty acids and engaging in regular exercise. A low-cholesterol diet includes foods such as fish, lean meat, skinless poultry, fresh fruits and vegetables. Foods to be avoided, on the other hand, include processed foods, egg yolks, dairy products that are rich in fat, and poultry. In addition, exercise should be done regularly at least several times a week. This will not only lower cholesterol level but will also improve overall health.
HDL is, indeed, an important substance in the body. A low-HDL level can pose major threat to the body as this may increase the risk for stroke.
As always, before you attempt to self medicate or try a new health regimen or program we suggest you retain the services of a qualified health care professional.
Cholesterol and Your Diet
One way to help control your cholesterol levels is to alter your diet to cut down on the amount of saturated fats, trans-fats and cholesterol you eat. It may not be the whole answer, but at least you will be tackling the problem without taking drugs. And it should help lower your LDL cholesterol and reduce the risk of heart disease.
Choose fish, poultry with the skin and fat removed, or meat with as much of the fat trimmed off as you can. Don’t fry food. Bake, roast or poach instead. If you must fry, use only small amounts of oil. Processed meats such a sausages, bacon and cold meats tend to have too much salt in them. Go for semi-skimmed or fat-free milk, and eat sorbets or low-fat yoghurts in place of ice cream. Try low-fat cheeses.
Go for food with lots of fibre and nutrients, such as whole grain breads, pastas and cereals, and brown rice. Eat more fresh fruit and vegetables with your meals. If you eat store-bought meals, aim for those with lowest saturated fat, trans-fat and cholesterol content.
Remember that low-fat and fat-free foods may have more sugar added and could have more calories than the “real” thing. Eating out can be a problem, but steer clear of fried foods, don’t add more salt, watch out for the salad dressings and don’t be tempted to start with slices of bread and butter.
Don’t be put off by this list. It looks grim, and you probably just love all the things you shouldn’t eat. But, there are loads of alternatives out there just waiting for you to find. After a while you will forget the bad and enjoy the host of tempting choices.
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Natural Ways to Lower Cholesterol
There’s a group of drugs called statins that lower high blood cholesterol. They are given to millions of people across the world, but are they strictly necessary?
Or are they simply making millions of dollars in profit for the manufacturers?
The truth may lie somewhere between these two.
Use margarines with plant stanols or sterols added to help lower cholesterol. Avoid products with trans-fats in them – check the labels first. Skim any fat off homemade soups and gravies (cool them in the fridge first and the fat will rise to the top). Use whole grain pasta, brown rice or peas and beans in your main meals and add small pieces of meats to flavour rather than as the main ingredient.
In any event, there are ways of lowering cholesterol without needing to resort to the statins. Here’s a short list of what you could try:
Psyllium or Metamucil is a soluble plant fibre and laxative that prevents cholesterol from your diet getting into the blood. It can lower cholesterol by as much as 15%.
Oats, oat bran, apples, grapes and citrus fruits all have soluble fibre as well and will help lower cholesterol.
Niacin or vitamin B3 has the combined effect of lowering total cholesterol and triglycerides while increasing HDL or good cholesterol. But, you need to take it in pretty large doses for this to happen. And, high-dose niacin causes side effects such as flushing and itching amongst a list of others.
Guggulipid is made from an Indian tree and dates back thousands of years. Test results are variable, but some studies show it does lower cholesterol. However, it causes side effects in some people and may interact with some prescription medicines.
Policosanol has come to the fore in the media for its cholesterol lowering actions. It comes from cane sugar, yams or beeswax and is a mixture of alcohols that stop cholesterol being made in your liver. It could lower cholesterol by 25%.
Red Yeast Rice extract has become notorious recently. Although it has been used for centuries in China, some countries are considering banning it. This is a strange reaction since it is the basis of the statin drug group. It’s a natural form of lovastatin and works the same way to slow down production of cholesterol. Perhaps the drug companies feel threatened?
Curcumin, extracted from turmeric; garlic; omega-3 fatty acids from oily fish, and fenugreek, a spice, all help lower cholesterol if you incorporate them into your diet. Sterols and stanols extracted from plants, added to drinks, yoghurts, spreads and other foods, stop cholesterol from being absorbed into your blood, and may lower cholesterol by 10% or more. I hope you understand that taking powerful drugs like the statins with their potentially serious side effects is not the only way to lower high cholesterol.
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The statins are a group of drugs that are now the most frequently prescribed medicines in the world. Taken by millions of people, they generate mountains of profit for the drug companies. Some of the names are– atorvastatin, simvastatin, pravastatin, fluvastatin and rosuvastatin. They all work by slowing down the amount of cholesterol your liver makes. Normally the average liver makes about 1,000mg of cholesterol a day.
Depending on the drug and the size of the dose, a statin can lower cholesterol by between 20 and 60%. Usually taken at night, it takes between four and six weeks to have maximum effect. The theory is that if you lower cholesterol, the risk of heart disease gets lower too. But, that’s not all the statins do. They also help relax blood vessels, reduce the stickiness of platelets and have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity. The combined actions therefore help in more ways than one to prevent heart attacks.
Like all drugs, however, they cause side effects. Some of them are minor, and some not so minor. Statins can cause muscle pain and weakness, tingling in the legs, dizziness, depression, pancreatitis, heart failure and increase the risk of cancer.
One of the group was taken off the market because it caused many cases of rhabdomyolysis. This is where muscle fibres actually breakdown and release substances into the blood, causing kidney damage – an extension of the muscle pain mentioned.
An unusual problem with statins is that they seem to interfere with co-enzyme Q-10. This enzyme makes energy for your body to function properly. If levels drop, less energy is available, especially to your heart muscle.
Statins affect both cholesterol production and CoQ-10 production, so may well make you feel tired and exhausted. Normally, to keep your cholesterol down, you take a statin for life. Taking them for many years can throw up unexpected problems. One such is memory loss as minor forgetfulness or it can be a more problematical form, known as TGA or transient global amnesia. TGA is where you lose chunks of your day, a few minutes or hours. You cannot recall what happened during that time. The drug manufacturers deny it, but many hundreds of people have reported TGAs.
Statins are not the wonder drug some people would have you believe.
James Brunton writes from many years as a pharmacist. Don't let the thought of high cholesterol put you off. You can do something about it without drugs and you can make the drugs safer. Get the whole picture at http://www.healthexplored.co.uk/news/article.php?id=12 and claim your special report at http://www.healthexplored.co.uk/eOrder/shop.php
Cholesterol -- Ten Things It's Good For
There’s a lot of talk about lowering cholesterol levels with the help of drugs. Someone even said we should add the drugs to our drinking water to make sure we all got the necessary dose everyday.
Well, you might think that is a good idea, but I certainly do not. It may well be a good idea to get your cholesterol down if it is too high, but for most of us it just won’t wash. I wonder how much influence the drug giants have on the media and the doctors. Are we being brainwashed into thinking very low cholesterol is the preferred aim?
Anyway, maybe we need some cholesterol to stay alive and healthy. Here’s a short list of what cholesterol does for each and every one of us, and that includes you!
1. Every one of your cells needs cholesterol to make it waterproof
2. When cells and tissues are damaged, cholesterol helps repair them – its in scars too.
3. Cholesterol is a powerful antioxidant limiting damage caused by free radicals.
4. Cell membranes contain cholesterol.
The athletes had much more healthful numbers for total cholesterol, the good high-density cholesterol, triglycerides, and the bad low-density lipoprotein cholesterol. The concentration of another heart attack risk factor called Lp(a) or lipoprotein(a) was the same in both groups because it is a hereditary factor that is not influenced by lifestyle. Every single scale of susceptibility for heart attacks except the Lp(a) was better in the athletes.
5. Without cholesterol, your memory would be faulty and your brain wouldn’t function properly. Cholesterol makes you feel serene.
6. Bile, the substance that helps you digest dietary fat has got cholesterol in it.
7. Many of your hormones need cholesterol to be formed properly – including sex hormones such as testosterone and progesterone, and hormones that control stress.
8. Cholesterol is involved in controlling inflammation all around your body, so preventing diseases from taking hold.
9. Cholesterol is involved in very important vitamin D production in your skin with the help of sunlight.
10. Your liver makes up to 1,000 mg of cholesterol a day for you, so you can survive and thrive.
So you see, that getting your cholesterol down below a certain level might just make you ill. Worse than having average or slightly above average levels, without taking a drug. If it gets too low, you die.
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Studies over the last 60 years have shown that people who exercise are healthier than those who do not. Over the last 10 years, many studies have shown that the more intense the exercise, the greater the protection. A report from Italy shows that physical activity is very important in helping to control cholesterol (Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine, Volume 44, 2006). Healthy male sedentary controls had their blood cholesterol fractions compared to those of male professional cross-country skiers and professional road cyclists.
Some patients with high cholesterol levels are afraid to take statins because off fear of developing side effects such as muscle pain. A study from Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego reviews the latest data on side effects of statins (The American Journal of Medicine, May 2006).
This review found that statin-induce muscle damage is more common in Asians, people who exercise, have had recent surgery, those with kidney, liver or thyroid disease, or with high triglycerides. The incidence of muscle pain and damage from statins is extremely low in non-exercisers, three to ten percent in those who exercise, and very high in competitive athletes. Most athletes refuse to take statin drugs because they train by taking a hard workout that damages their muscles.
Then they must take easy workouts until the soreness disappears and muscles heal. When statins prevent this muscle healing, the athlete must train at reduced intensity for a much longer period of time. Brand names of statins include: Altoprev, Crestor, Lipitor, Mevacor, Pravachol and Zocor.
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