May 11, 2010

The Only Bad Cholesterol Is Not LDL

A recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine discovered a new component of cholesterol that also has harmful effects on the body - Lipoprotein (LP).

A very important role is played by Lipoprotein in creating diseases related to heart. LDL is mostly based on lifestyle and what we eat, but LP is heredity. This confirms that the amount of LP in the body cannot be altered by what we eat.

The research that has been conducted so far indicates that medicines like Niacin and CETP inhibitors can lower LP levels. The level of LP is now being used to assess the level of risk of contracting a heart-related medical condition of an individual and may soon be used in various fields.

While high levels of LP indicates a higher risk of possible heart disease, the negative effects that LDL has on heart health is still far more pronounced than those caused by lipoproteins. As mentioned by lead researcher Martin Farrall, "The increase in risk to people from high LP levels is significantly less severe than the risk from high LDL cholesterol levels". He also mentioned that "one in every six individuals carries one or more of the genes for LP".

Thinking that there is no way to lower the risk of getting a cardiovascular disease is totally false. By changing your lifestyle, you can achieve a lot in increasing your HDL and reducing your LDL cholesterol.
Please consider the following steps for healthy heart :
  1. Consume more omega-3 from sources like fish oil to raise HDL levels. The American Heart Association recommends about 2 to 4 grams on a daily basis.
  2. Increase the use of avocados, nuts and olive oil as these herbs contain natural steroids namely phytosterols. This will actually regulate cholesterol.
  3. Avoid trans fat from your diet. Research says by reducing few calories in the form of trans fat, will actually reduce the chance of getting cardiovascular disease by half.
  4. Research has confirmed that having 100 grams of oats will lower the LDL levels by 14 percentage. Increase the intake of oats, brown rice and beans.
  5. Following a regular exercise routine will help a lot in regulating cholesterol levels. Apart from the above facts, you can also take some vitamin D, fruits that are red, purple and red in color. (source :EL331014)

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