Cholesterol, Triglycerides & Blood Pressure

Cholesterol

Cholesterol is more popularly known by its two varieties i.e., LDL*  and HDL* . LDL above 100 and HDL below 40 (men)/50 (women) are bad for the heart. This is common knowledge and for the few who are ignorant of this, they are set straight about it during their first visit to the cardiologist. So for anyone who wants a healthy heart, the goal is clear – “Get LDL below 100 and HDL above 40/50”. But what is not clear is how to achieve it.

*LDL is Low Density Lipoprotein and HDL is High Density Lipoprotein.

The cholesterol medication, ‘Statins’, can bring down LDL levels but the dosage has to be continuously increased to cope with the increased LDL that is produced by Insulin Spikes caused either by diabetic medication or the foods like idli, quick oats, corn flakes and bread. Increased Statin levels also damage the liver. That’s why LDL medication is accompanied by the advice: “Visit the hospital every 3 months for a Liver Function Test”.

HDL and Triglycerides (TGs) levels are like a seesaw. HDL increases if TGs decrease and vice versa. So the easiest way to increase HDL is to decrease TGs.

Many individuals who take pills for Lifestyle Diseases (LSDs) believe that they are companions for life. Even medications for persistent diseases like TB are discontinued after couple of years. But medicines for Lifestyle Diseases (LSDs) not only seem to continue for a lifetime, but their potency increases after every doctor visit.

New medicines are often added to ward off the side effects of the existing pills or the existing medicines often are not enough to keep the person at safe levels medically. Pills which are supposed to make us healthy, seem make us more sick. This happens because more often than not, people and the healthcare system do very little to work on the root cause and prefer to work on visible symptoms.

Medicines are required to address health conditions in the short term, however, long term sustainability of good health will only happen with an active, healthy lifestyle comprising of good nutrition, appropriate fitness and medications that are needed to keep the individual within the safe range. Over a period of time, it is possible that the overt dependency on medicines may reduce with a healthy and active lifestyle.

Triglycerides

triglyceridesA popular belief is that Ghee is bad for the heart. This belief is so rampant that ghee has vanished from the tables of most Indians. But those who have removed ghee from their dining tables seem to be doing very little to reduce it from their blood. “Ghee in the blood?” Yes, our blood contains fat which is similar to ghee. It is called Triglycerides (TGs). Those who panic and start gulping down Statins, if their LDL levels cross 100 seem to be unconcerned with their TGs levels. Why this apathy towards the TGs levels. If ignored, TGs can turn into Lifestyle Diseases (LSDs).

There is very little that medicine can do to reduce TGs and hence there is very little focus on it. The good news is that TGs take a while to cause Lifestyle Diseases (LSDs) including heart problems, so preventative action can be taken.

Controlling TGs is a simple matter – a balanced nutrition consisting of micro nutrients, protein, essential fiber and complex carbohydrates will bring TGs down to safe levels.

Many individuals who take pills for Lifestyle Diseases (LSDs) believe that they are companions for life. Even medications for persistent diseases like TB are discontinued after couple of years. But medicines for Lifestyle Diseases (LSDs) not only seem to continue for a lifetime, but their potency increases after every doctor visit.

New medicines are often added to ward off the side effects of the existing pills or the existing medicines often are not enough to keep the person at safe levels medically. Pills which are supposed to make us healthy, seem make us more sick. This happens because more often than not, people and the healthcare system do very little to work on the root cause and prefer to work on visible symptoms.

Medicines are required to address health conditions in the short term, however, long term sustainability of good health will only happen with an active, healthy lifestyle comprising of good nutrition, appropriate fitness and medications that are needed to keep the individual within the safe range. Over a period of time, it is possible that the overt dependency on medicines may reduce with a healthy active lifestyle.

Blood Pressure (BP)

blood-pressureHigh BP or Hypertension: High BP is of two types – (a) Primary and (b) Secondary. When BP increases without any identifiable cause, it is called Primary Hypertension while a high BP caused by Diabetes, kidney problems and other known causes is called Secondary BP

More than 95 % of BP patients suffer from either Primary BP or hypertension caused by Diabetes.

Since Insulin Resistance (IR) is the basic cause of both these types of Hypertension, reducing IR with dietary modifications can not only make medicines more effective, but may even make them redundant.

So, the next time when you pop a BP pill into your mouth, think of the safer alternative; an IR reducing diet.

Many individuals who take pills Lifestyle Diseases (LSDs) believe that they are companions for life. Even medications for persistent diseases like TB are discontinued after couple of years. But medicines for Lifestyle Diseases (LSDs) not only seem to continue for a lifetime, but their potency increases after every doctor visit.

New medicines are often added to ward off the side effects of the existing pills or the existing medicines often are not enough to keep the person at safe levels medically. Pills which are supposed to make us healthy, seem make us more sick. This happens because more often than not, people and the healthcare system do very little to work on the root cause and prefer to work on visible symptoms.

Medicines are required to address health conditions in the short term, however, long term sustainability of good health will only happen with an active, healthy lifestyle comprising of good nutrition, appropriate fitness and medications that are needed to keep the individual within the safe range. Over a period of time, it is possible that the overt dependency on medicines may reduce with a healthy active lifestyle.

For more information on Insulin Resistance, refer to Insulin Resistance

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  • We analyze your medical reports from a nutrition standpoint and recommend a course of action
  • We help you make your medication more effective with appropriate nutrition
  • We help reduce your medications and maybe even help in reversing your lifestyle related ailments
  • We use Cognitive Behaviour Therapy to transition you into a lifestyle that is conducive for your  Lifestyle Diseases (LSDs).
  • We also use Scientific Mind and Body Processes that can reduce the medical condition or even reverse the condition