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You may blame your family tree or fault the late-night binges on French fries and want to buy flagyl at cheap price greasy hamburgers, but when high cholesterol levels strike, there is much cause for concern. The waxy, fat-like matter known as cholesterol is a substance that naturally occurs in all parts of the levitra sales human body. In fact, the body needs at least a small amount of cholesterol to properly function. When too much of the material is found in the blood, this is when health issues begin to surface.

What is High Cholesterol?

When a high amount of cholesterol is found in the blood, the reserve that the body does not need finds other places to settle, such as the walls of the arteries. As cholesterol begins to stick to various parts of the body, it is referred to as “plaque,” which can narrow the arteries and even cause blockage. Not only is high cholesterol an unhealthy condition that strikes people of all ages, but it can also increase the risk of additional health ailments, such as heart disease [1].

In the United States, more than 100 million adults possess total blood cholesterol levels considered borderline-high risk, while close to 40 million American adults showcase levels considered a high risk [2].

Symptoms and Diagnosis

Since high cholesterol brings about no symptoms, it is often seen as a silent killer until proper screening and diagnosis takes place. Individuals must undergo a blood test (also called a lipid panel or lipid profile) in order to become aware of their cholesterol levels. Before the test is given, a patient should not eat or drink anything (besides water) for 9 to 12 hours in order to produce the most accurate reading. A doctor will administer the test to check the following measurements expressed in milligrams and deciliters:

a) Total Cholesterol:

A desirable measurement of a patient’s cholesterol should fall below 200 mg/dL. When a patient displays a borderline-high reading, their total cholesterol is between 200 and 239 mg/dL. High total cholesterol produces measurements of 240 mg/dL and above.

b) LDL Cholesterol:

LDL cholesterol measurements are important because they are closely connected to the risk of heart disease. A very high reading is 190 mg/dL and above, followed by high readings between 160 and 189 mg/dL. A patient with borderline-high LDL cholesterol showcases readings between 130 and 159 mg/dL. A near optimal reading is seen between 100 and 129 mg/dL. Individuals at a high risk for heart disease should aim for readings below 100 mg/d [3].

c) HDL Cholesterol:

High-density lipoprotein (HDL) is considered a “good” type of cholesterol that attracts excess cholesterol and delivers it back to the liver. It is best when HDL cholesterol levels read 60 mg/dL and above. Acceptable readings range between 40 and 59 mg/dL, while measurements below 40 mg/dL are considered poor.

d) Triglycerides:

Triglycerides is a kind of fat found in the blood. Desirable measurements for triglycerides fall below 150 mg/dL. A borderline-high patient possesses a reading between 150-199 mg/dL, while a high reading is between 200 and 499 mg/dL. Anything above 500 is considered pretty high.

Causes of High Cholesterol

Cholesterol hitches a ride with proteins and travels throughout the body in the blood. A handful of lifestyle habits and generic viagra cheap controllable factors contribute to the development of this condition. Lack of exercise, being overweight, and following an unhealthy diet are just some of the characteristics that fit most patients with high cholesterol. Other causes cannot be avoided, such as a genetic makeup that prevents cells from efficiently removing LDL cholesterol from the blood. One may also possess a heredity trait that causes the liver to produce an excessive amount of cholesterol.


Risk Factors

If you donít exercise, eat a lot of junk food, or carry around more than a few extra pounds, you are increasing your chances for high blood cholesterol. Additional risk factors include:

a) Smoking:

When a patient smokes, they are damaging the walls of their blood vessels, which make it easier for fat deposits to accumulate. Smoking is also known to lower the level of “good” HDL cholesterol.

b) High Blood Pressure:

When the artery walls encounter increased pressure, damage occurs that may increase the rate at which fatty deposits accumulate.

c) Age:

Men older than 45 years of age and who are more that 55-years old face an increased chance of high cholesterol.

d) Family History:

If a parent or sibling suffers from heart disease before they turn 55 years old, a patient may face high cholesterol levels as well that increase their risk of heart disease.

e) Diabetes:

A patient with high blood sugar often possesses a high LDL cholesterol and low HDL cholesterol level. High amounts of sugar in the blood also lead to increased damage of the lining in the arteries.

Natural Cures for High Cholesterol

When high cholesterol is not detected in time, a variety of medical complications may develop. High cholesterol may cause atherosclerosis, which involves a threatening buildup of fatty deposits about the walls of the arteries. Coronary artery disease may strike. Also, when tears and ruptures occur, a blood clot may develop. As the flow of blood is significantly decreased, arteries become plugged and may lead to a heart attack. When the blood flow to the brain ceases, a stroke is the result.

To combat the side effects of common cholesterol-reducing prescription drugs, you may consider the following natural cures for high cholesterol:

a) Niacin:

Some patients have benefited from taking large doses of niacin (between 2 and 3 grams per day) to lower “bad” cholesterol, while increasing the “good” cholesterol [4].

b) Vitamin C:

Some studies show that people with high levels of vitamin C possess lower total cholesterol levels. Increasing the amount of vitamin C in the body may come from natural supplements or following a diet packed with fiber-filled foods. Fruits and vegetables are known to help lower cholesterol through colorful stir-fries, fruit salads, tasty soups, and casseroles filled with vegetables.

c) Garlic:

Garlic bulbs are known to reduce cholesterol levels, as well as lessen the risk of heart disease and atherosclerosis. Some people take one clove per day, while those with a high risk of heart attack may benefit from 2 grams of powdered garlic in capsule form.

d) Choose Whole-Grain Products:

A variety of food items on the market offer whole-grain options, such as bread, pasta, flour, and brown rice. Whole-grain foods like oatmeal and oat bran are also considered “superfoods” Ė thought to possess more cholesterol-lowering properties than some medications [5].

e) Eat More Fish:

There are some types of fish that contain a lower total fat count, saturated fat, and cholesterol than other meats and buy cheap generic viagra poultry. Healthy-heart boosting fish selections include salmon, herring, and mackerel, which are rich in omega-3 fatty acids. Tuna, cod, and halibut offer less fat and cholesterol.

f) Opt For Monounsaturated Fat:

When cooking with oil, you should choose peanut, olive, and canola varieties, which are healthier for the heart. Additional food items containing monounsaturated fat includes walnuts and almonds.

g) Oolong Tea:

This type of tea contains phenols, which may slow up the absorption of cholesterol. Oolong tea also stimulates the circulatory system and acts as a tonic for blood vessels. The tea may also prevent atherosclerosis. Adding 1 to 2 teaspoons of loose oolong to a cup of boiled water works as a suitable infusion. Hypertension patients and pregnant women should limit their intake of oolong tea to two cups per day [6].

High Cholesterol Prevention

When it comes to additional preventative measures to keep high levels of cholesterol at bay, you may consider the following lifestyle changes: lose weight (even if only 5 to 10 pounds); eat heart-smart (fiber-filled foods); quit smoking; exercise on a regular basis; select healthy fats (lean-cut meats); drink alcohol in moderation; and watch your cholesterol intake (aiming for no more than 300 milligrams (mg) of cholesterol per day).



Resources

[1] http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/cholesterol.html
[2] http://www.americanheart.org/presenter.jhtml?identifier=4506
[3] http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/high-blood-cholesterol/DS00178/DSECTION=6
[4] The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Vitamins and Minerals (Alan Pressman with Sheila Buff)
[5] http://www.webmd.com/cholesterol-management/guide/cholesterol-lowering-foods
[6] Natural Health Complete Guide to Medicinal Herbs (Penelope Ody)



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  1. mary a.galarza Says:

    I have highcolestirol and my nervesalso i cant sleep well my weight is another problem . what can drink for these problems .I dont have any energy to get up and order cheap diflucan without a prescription go.I would like to get up and go Iuse to do it now i am 61 years and got more lazy. please can you help me.

    thank you

  2. deb Says:

    Check your thyroid. It is a silent killer. I had no no no symtoms but had thyroid cancer. I had it removed. You need blood test and ultra sound. blood test doesn’t show lumps!!!! I had mine done in Russia and now have my levels tested in mexico. don’t trust docs here.

  3. Ron Davis,C.H.H.C. Says:

    In the 1950s and 60s the medical system told us smoking cigarettes was good for us. They told us eggs were bad for us and that we should stop eating protein and fat, and we should increase our carbohydrate intake. A few years later,when they saw we were actually getting sicker and fatter and canadian viagra pills for sale dying earlier, they determined they were wrong about everything they had told us. But did they announce it on TV or on the front page of the newspaper? No. They simply came up with another lie.
    The argument concerning the lipid hypothesis is a cause of differing opinions concerning this “supposed” problem. First, there are no symptoms of high cholesterol because “High cholesterol” itself is a symptom–not a cause of cardiovascular disease. Before the medical system got their panties in a wad over cholesterol in the 80s and told us to stop eating eggs, the normal cholesterol panels were 300. The reason they blame high cholesterol for cardiovascular disease is because heart disease is on the rise and they don’t have a logical answer for it–one that will make they billions of dollars. They are shooting in the dark, grabbing at straws because what they believe makes no sense and the drugs used for this “supposed” condition cause more problems than they solve. The drug companies would have you believe we are sick due to the lack or absence of Pharma Drugs.
    Many doctors and health educators are watching and seeing for themselves that what we’ve been told, once again is a load of crap. Another load is the notion that neutralizing or eliminating hydrochloric acid will solve our digestive problems. Please think about this. If you think about this a little, you would have thought about it as much or more than these money mongering guys have. Can you hear me?
    What are the digestive, immunological and nutritional repercussions of “not” having the natural digestive enzyme hydrochloric acid? Very many! For more info go to the diabetes section and view my comments concerning cholesterol and PPIs.

    Ron Davis, Certified Holistic Health Counselor> blue_daawg@yahoo.com
    I am an educator.I do not diagnose any disease or prescribe any substance for the treatment or cure of any disease.

  4. Ron Davis, C.H.H.C. Says:

    This is my second post concerning high cholesterol–Let me get a little more specific. In the first post my intent was to show that doctors are simply following the lead of the pharma companies and viagra on sale obviously don’t know, or care to know, what the problem really is. High cholesterol is a symptom of cardiovascular disease, not the cause. The best way to illustrate this is to tell a short story about a friend of a friend who was told he had high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure. His doctor prescribed drugs for both conditions but nothing was working. It turns out that the guy was drinking a lot of beer and wasn’t eating regular, balanced meals. When he (not at the concern of his doctor) stopped drinking and started eating properly both conditions vanished–and his doctor was amazed!
    If you look around your waistline you will see your insulin meter. If your waist area is larger than it should be you are in a state of insulin resistance, pre-diabetes, or onset type II diabetes, or type II diabetes–which places you at risk for high cholesterol. This is because the insulin receptor sites in the cells are locked up and sugar can’t get out of the blood. Also–Where does fat accumulate on a stressed person? At your waistline. The result is obviously high blood sugar levels but also increased blood-insulin levels. Both sugar and insulin are highly inflammatory. In fact, in a 1961 study, intra-arterial insulin injected into the femoral arteries of dogs caused arterial plaqueing in every dog in the study. High insulin levels Cause plaqueing of the arteries, early heart disease and death. Another five year study at Johns Hopkins University studied 950 men and women to determine the Cause of cardiovascular disease. After five years they found that heart attacks and strokes were Not caused by high cholesterol–but arterial and lasix prescription aortic “Calcification.”¬† There is one little known remedy for this condition that the late fitness guru, Jack La Lanne, did not know about. It is vitamin K2. Vitamin K2 actually helps disperse free calcium and directs it to the bones to build bone mass. The cholesterol myth started in Oslow, Norway in the mid 70s. Researchers used two combined study parameters instead of One to determine that high dietary cholesterol caused cardiovascular events. The other parameter was smoking, which they arbitrarily “ruled out” because they believed that smoking did not impact cardiovascular health at all.
    The truth is–Smoking increases the production of insulin. At that time they were not aware that tobacco creates a stress condition in the body that causes the release of adrenaline,cortisol, glucose, and insulin–as well as disabling the immune system. Emotional stress causes the very same cascade of biological events. Chill out. As I like to say: “Anything that the body perceives to be abnormal or foreign causes Stress on the body.” Is tobacco use a normal thing? NO. It is a foreign substance. Is breathing automobile exhaust a normal thing? NO. Are dieting, processed foods, alcohol, drugs, un-needed or excessive hormone replacement therapy, artificial sweeteners, diet pills, processed sugars and carbohydrate foods, Genetically Modified Foods,cooking oils, damaged fats, (i.e. burnt meat) fast foods, junk foods, food preservatives, pharma drugs, OTC medicines, including pain relievers, recreational drugs, man-made foods, any stimulant like coffee, sports and energy drinks, Abnormal or Foreign??? Yes. You may also want to consider that “hand-fulls” of supplements are also abnormal. Therapeutic doses of vitamins and minerals are known to cause diseases. In fact, the two time Noble Prize winner, and Vitamin C advocate, Dr. Linus Pauling, died of prostate cancer.
    Abnormal and foreign substances cause high blood insulin levels which cause arterial plaqueing, early heart attacks and death. Cardiovascular disease is caused by Stress,Inflammation, Bacterial loads, Viral loads, Inflammatory Proteins, (C Reactive Protein / Homocysteine) Abnormal and Foreign Substances, as mentioned, Calcification, Nutrient Deficiencies, Free Radicals, and Sugar. The symptom is high cholesterol, which is caused by high sugar and processed carbohydrates. In fact, a study at the Universith of Ottawa found that smoking does not cause cancer. So what does cause cancer–and a host of other diseases? Pollution. Environmental toxins: Food additives, herbicides, pesticies, chemical fertilizers, chemical fumes, occupational hazards,–any abnormal or foreign substance. If you reduce or eliminate sugars and abnormal and foreign substances from your experience, you will reduce disease and death. Any natural substance or health protocol that lowers blood sugar levels also reduces cholesterol levels. Stop eating high quantities of sugar and processed carbohydrates and low price amoxil your cholesterol levels will decrease, naturally. We all need sufficient amounts of cholesterol to assist in the natural function of the body. Lowered cholesterol levels may actually Cause a heart attack. Statin drugs for cholesterol–which inhibit the production of cholesterol in the liver, cause diabetes, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, Massive Stroke, Decreased Mental function, Depression, Suicide and increase Growth Hormone production, that causes Cancer. One biological imbalance causes another imbalance.
    ¬† **I am an educator. I am not a doctor. I do not diagnose any disease or prescribe any substance for the treatment or cure of any disease. Also reference “Ron Davis, Disease Coach” on the web.

  5. Ron Says:

    This is my second post concerning high cholesterol–Let me get a little more specific. In the first post my intent was to show that doctors are simply following the lead of the pharma companies and obviously don’t know, or care to know, what the problem really is. High cholesterol is a symptom of cardiovascular disease, not the cause. The best way to illustrate this is to tell a short story about a friend of a friend who was told he had high cholesterol levels and high blood pressure. His doctor prescribed drugs for both conditions but nothing was working. It turns out that the guy was drinking a lot of beer and wasn’t eating regular, balanced meals. When he (not at the concern of his doctor) stopped drinking and started eating properly both conditions vanished–and his doctor was amazed!
    If you look around your waistline you will see your insulin meter. If your waist area is larger than it should be you are in a state of insulin resistance, pre-diabetes, or onset type II diabetes, or type II diabetes–which places you at risk for high cholesterol. This is because the insulin receptor sites in the cells are locked up and sugar can’t get out of the blood. Also–Where does fat accumulate on a stressed person? At your waistline. The result is obviously high blood sugar levels but also increased blood-insulin levels. Both sugar and insulin are highly inflammatory. In fact, in a 1961 study, intra-arterial insulin injected into the femoral arteries of dogs caused arterial plaqueing in every dog in the study. High insulin levels Cause plaqueing of the arteries, early heart disease and death. Another five year study at Johns Hopkins University studied 950 men and women to determine the Cause of cardiovascular disease. After five years they found that heart attacks and strokes were Not caused by high cholesterol–but arterial and aortic “Calcification.”¬† There is one little known remedy for this condition that the late fitness guru, Jack La Lanne, did not know about. It is vitamin K2. Vitamin K2 actually helps disperse free calcium and directs it to the bones to build bone mass. The cholesterol myth started in Oslow, Norway in the mid 70s. Researchers used two combined study parameters instead of One to determine that high dietary cholesterol caused cardiovascular events. The other parameter was smoking, which they arbitrarily “ruled out” because they believed that smoking did not impact cardiovascular health at all.
    The truth is–Smoking increases the production of insulin. At that time they were not aware that tobacco creates a stress condition in the body that causes the release of adrenaline,cortisol, glucose, and insulin–as well as disabling the immune system. Emotional stress causes the very same cascade of biological events. Chill out. As I like to say: “Anything that the body perceives to be abnormal or foreign causes Stress on the body.” Is tobacco use a normal thing? NO. It is a foreign substance. Is breathing automobile exhaust a normal thing? NO. Are dieting, processed foods, alcohol, drugs, un-needed or excessive hormone replacement therapy, artificial sweeteners, diet pills, processed sugars and carbohydrate foods, Genetically Modified Foods,cooking oils, damaged fats, (i.e. burnt meat) fast foods, junk foods, food preservatives, pharma drugs, OTC medicines, including pain relievers, recreational drugs, man-made foods, any stimulant like coffee, sports and energy drinks, Abnormal or Foreign??? Yes. You may also want to consider that “hand-fulls” of supplements are also abnormal. Therapeutic doses of vitamins and minerals are known to cause diseases. In fact, the two time Noble Prize winner, and Vitamin C advocate, Dr. Linus Pauling, died of prostate cancer.
    Abnormal and foreign substances cause high blood insulin levels which cause arterial plaqueing, early heart attacks and death. Cardiovascular disease is caused by Stress,Inflammation, Bacterial loads, Viral loads, Inflammatory Proteins, (C Reactive Protein / Homocysteine) Abnormal and Foreign Substances, as mentioned, Calcification, Nutrient Deficiencies, Free Radicals, and Sugar. The symptom is high cholesterol, which is caused by high sugar and processed carbohydrates. In fact, a study at the University of Ottawa found that smoking does not cause cancer. So what does cause cancer–and a host of other diseases? Pollution. Environmental toxins: Food additives, herbicides, pesticides, chemical fertilizers, chemical fumes, occupational hazards,–any abnormal or foreign substance. If you reduce or eliminate sugars and abnormal and foreign substances from your experience, you will reduce disease and death. Any natural substance or health protocol that lowers blood sugar levels also reduces cholesterol levels. Stop eating high quantities of sugar and processed carbohydrates and your cholesterol levels will decrease, naturally. We all need sufficient amounts of cholesterol to assist in the natural function of the body. Lowered cholesterol levels may actually Cause a heart attack. Statin drugs for cholesterol–which inhibit the production of cholesterol in the liver, cause diabetes, dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, Massive Stroke, Decreased Mental function, Depression, Suicide and increase Growth Hormone production, that causes Cancer. One biological imbalance causes another imbalance.
    ¬† **I am an educator. I am not a doctor. I do not diagnose any disease or prescribe any substance for the treatment or cure of any disease. Also reference “Ron Davis, Disease Coach” on the web.

  6. Ron Says:

    Mary–Yes I can help you. The question is, do you want to be helped, or do you just want to talk about being helped? Obviously you didn’t read anything posted on this site. Move up two posts and start reading my posts concerning your problem. There are three posts concerning high cholesterol. Overwhelming evidence shows this approach lowers cholesterol levels every time. Your attitude will determine your success.
     
    Mary, you need some direction and discipline in your life.There are no magic wands or mystical protocols. You need to get up off the couch, from in front of the TV and start some form of activity. Mary, you need to “change your diet” and stop feeling sorry for yourself. You are not a lost cause! You are worthy of a better life. But until you see this, you will always be a victim of life–and sadly, victims can never be helped, or healed. How bad do you want it?……..Well, that’s not bad enough.

    Start right now. Don’t give yourself a reason to quit before you get started. The mind lies, and the cravings you have are causing you problems. If you can find the fortitude and “will” to stand up to the body’s ultimatums, you can succeed. This is half the battle. Don’t quit. It will take time. Don’t get discouraged and think nothing is changing. Stick to the plan.

    Stop complaining. Everyday I want you to think about all your blessings and consider how the absence of these blessings would change your life. Go to the mirror everyday and genuine cialis no prescription look deeply into “your” eyes and say–
    ¬†“I love You…You are worthy of health and long life.” In the beginning you may have a problem with this. Do it everyday.

    *The mind lies. Are these negative thoughts really true? Don’t think about your circumstances or “tell” everyone how sick you are…unless you really want to be sick. Do you? What are your motives? The mind lies. What good purpose would these negative images serve?

    Start a food and exercise journal. Record your activities and what you eat and how these makes you feel. Do it everyday. Really examining this will be very revealing, and should help you avoid the things that cause you problems. Watch for foods or food groups that cause you to feel better…or worse. Carbohydrates will without a doubt be a soothing comfort food. You need to substitute processed or unnatural sugars with natural, healthy sugars—and not from a box or carton that says it’s a natural food.

    ¬†I hope I have helped. Now it’s up to you. Do it!!

    Ron Davis, C.H.H.C.

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