What Is Really Behind Your Rising Cholesterol?
by Marge Pickering-Picone
Struggling with your cholesterol? Many doctors will regularly prescribe patients with high, low density lipoproteins (LDL) cholesterol levels with one of the popular statin drugs. An important question to ask is- did they look into any other factors that may have caused your cholesterol to rise? Did they ask about your diet and lifestyle? Usually the answer I hear is “no, they just looked at my cholesterol totals and wrote me a prescription”.
High LDL levels are dangerous as they are known to cause plaque to form and adhere to arteries, causing smaller and smaller passageways for blood to flow. This puts you at an increased risk for blockages that can cause a heart attack or stroke. It is important for those struggling with high cholesterol to get their numbers under control.
One way to learn more about your risk for cardiovascular disease is through the results of a Vertical Auto Profile (VAP) test. Unfortunately, I am one who has inherited higher cholesterol levels and I have my doctor regularly perform a VAP test. Luckily, the test shows that my LDL cholesterol is large and fluffy, which renders it harmless. It is when the LDL particles are small, thick and sticky that should sound the alarms, because this type becomes the plaque that is dangerous for your arteries. Drugs do not have to be the only thing you agree to in your quest for good health. Taking control of your lifestyle can be the number one step to success.
Why you would want to be making changes to your diet and lifestyle?
Many would be surprised to know that your liver produces more than 70% of your body’s cholesterol. This is why it is imperative to start looking at what you consciously consume and ultimately make your liver process each day. The amount of saturated fats, as well as the number of carbohydrates (starches) and sugars that are found in processed foods, has a significant influence over liver cholesterol production. Many are afraid to eat meat, as if stopping will solve their high LDL problem. The issue does not solely reside in consuming high saturated fat meats. Less widely acknowledged are the processed foods and commercially prepared baked goods. More specifically, it is the food products loaded with flour and sugar that can be found in: pasta, bread, cookies, sodas, and juices. This is a primary reason why children are already having issues at young ages with their weight and diabetes.
Another reason that your cholesterol rises is the amount of stress in your life. Stress hormones are fueled by cholesterol. Your body utilizes adrenal hormones, like DHEA, that to get through your day is made from cholesterol. Your male and female hormones such as progesterone, testosterone as well as all three estrogen forms are made from a chain of command that first begins with cholesterol. Everyone wants to blame their hormones or aging as the reason for their body changes as it has been sneaking up on you for years. Unfortunately, these are just excuses. Clearly, cholesterol is an important component for our bodies and many have still had problems despite being prescribed powerful medications.
Over the last 30 years many have sought ways to improve health by changing their everyday habits, including myself. They have come from around the globe to find me and ask the best ways that I have learned to avoid or reduce the use of multiple medications and improve their chances for a long and healthy life. Not every product put on the market, whether medicinal or natural, works for everyone. What works for one may not work for another. Everyone’s lives are individual. Just because your parents had something, does not mean you will automatically get the same thing, in the same way. We each have the option to: choose or change our daily diet, the type of work we do, and the degree of stress we feel. For some people, it is the stress that is culprit for their rise in cholesterol. Others may have a mega sweet tooth while another tends to eat foods high in saturated fats and does not exercise. In summary, not everyone manufactures the beginning of high levels from the same problematic sources.
Some natural products that have helped my clients over the years are: Tocotrienols, Glycemic Pro, PEO Oil, Provinal, Red Yeast Rice, CoQ-10, Alpha Lipoic Acid to name a few. The supplements you should use are based upon your source of high cholesterol. My most significant recommendation is to receive guidance in utilizing supplements to help improve your blood tests. It can do it, because I’ve done it and now you can too.