High Cholesterol

 

Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance which is found in every cell of the body.  It forms part of important hormones, is a precursor of bile acids (which are needed for fat digestion), is an essential structural component of cell membranes and is a major precursor for the synthesis of Vitamin D and your hormones.

 

Each day your liver makes about 1,000mg of cholesterol.  About one third finds its way into the bile and is excreted from the body, and the rest circulates through the bloodstream to be used as the body needs it.  In comparison, we eat about 200 - 400mg of cholesterol per day from our food.

 

We make cholesterol whether we eat it or not, and diets very low in cholesterol often prompt the body to simply make even more. 

 

Triglycerides

Trigylcerides are a major form of fat in the body and in food.  They are used and stored as energy, they insulate and protect body organs, and they transport fat-solube vitamins around the body.  High leves of circulating triglycerides, however, contribute to obesity, insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome and heart disease.

 

LDLs

Most of the supplies of cholesterol taken up by body cells reach them in the form of Low-density Lipoprotein particles.  LDLs are referred to as 'bad fats', as this can lead to the development of plaque in the blood vessel walls and the subsequent development of atherosclerosis.

 

HDLs

High-density lipoproteins are critical participants in our bodies.  HDL's have a high proportion of protein, making them the heaviest (most dense) of the lipoproteins.  The liver produces most of the HDLs, and they roam around the bloodstream, picking up cholesterol from dying cells and other sources, therefore assisting in their transportation back to the liver for excretion.

 

Studies have shown the the amount of LDLs and HDLs can closely predict the risk of heart disease, and the ratio between the two is very important.

 

Atherosclerosis

Heart disease is currently the number one killer in Australia, even after a decade of 'statin' drug use.  Click  HERE  for a quick video explaining the role of cholesterol in the development of Atherosclerosis.

 

Intervention

High cholesterol is now very common, and people have begun to just accept it as a part of the ageing process.  This is not the case and there are many natural interventions that can lower cholesterol.  For healthy cholesterol levels people need to: stay within a healthy target weight range, exercise most days and eat a diet that is high in raw salad vegetables and phytonutrients, and low in refined, processed and fatty foods.  Eating the right diet can lower your cholesterol swiftly and safely.   

 

Pauline is able to assist people to make these changes, and to effectively lower their cholesterol. If people have insulin resistance and/or have high cholesterol (irrespective of lifestyle interventions) then there is also a range of natural therapies that can assist to keep cholesterol levels within a healthy range.   Don't get caught up in the statin drug scam, as although these drugs have been shown to lower cholesterol, they have not decreased cardiovascular risk.  Click  HERE  for more information.

 

So don't just accept your high cholesterol, do something about it.