Controlling Cholesterol

Controlling Cholesterol

Heart Disease is the number one cause of death in the US. It is estimated that 600,000 die from it every year. Because of this, cholesterol has become a primary focus of the modern medical world.   It is generally assumed that elevated cholesterol levels are associated with an increased risk of heart disease, and that it is very difficult to bring cholesterol levels into a normal zone without taking statin drugs.   There are however a number of factors that should be considered when it comes to balancing your cholesterol level.   The original study of cholesterol done in the 1960s, on approximately 240,000 people, found that cholesterol levels above 300 were directly associated with increased risk of heart disease. Also reported in that study was that cholesterol levels under 130 were associated with an increased risk of cancer.     Cholesterol and Our Liver   At first, modern medicine thought that cholesterol came from the consumption of animal foods and fats. It was later discovered that although we do get a certain amount of cholesterol from these foods, the vast majority of cholesterol found in our bodies, roughly two thirds, is made by our liver.   Today we have a new understanding of healthy fats and the impact carbohydrates (starch) has on them. When you eat high glycemic foods (foods that cause your body to release a lot of insulin like bread, pasta, and soda), it causes an increase in triglycerides (fats) in the blood stream. When you have high triglycerides, your body automatically converts them into cholesterol.   While common American lab values for cholesterol are said to be normal if under 200, or 150 depending on the lab, the truth is that any triglyceride level above 90 will result in an elevation in cholesterol. When my patients go on a low glycemic diet like the Page Diet or Dukan diet, I have seen these levels drop in as little as 10 days.     Food Allergies   If your triglycerides are under 90 and you still have high cholesterol, this may indicate the possibility of food allergies congesting and slowing the digestive process, resulting in elevated resorption of cholesterol in the gut (This means your body expels the cholesterol out of the liver and then takes it back in through the intestinal wall in a continuous loop).     The most common allergy that causes this problem is eggs. It is estimated that 30% of the population is allergic to eggs. By eliminating eggs from our diet and eating a low glycemic diet we will see triglyceride levels fall and subsequently cholesterol levels normalize.     High Density Lipoproteins (HDL) cholesterol is another consideration. HDL’s...

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