Metabolic Syndrome Defined

Metabolic syndrome is a combination of medical disorders that increase the risk of developing cardiovascular disease and diabetes. It affects one in five people, and prevalence increases with age. Metabolic syndrome is also known as metabolic syndrome X, syndrome X, insulin resistance syndrome, Reaven’s syndrome (named for Gerald Reaven), and in Australia CHAOS (Coronary artery disease, Hypertension, Atherosclerosis, Obesity, and Stroke). Continue reading

Bergamot reduces cholesterol, triglycerides and blood glucose

Hypolipemic and hypoglycaemic activity of bergamot polyphenols: From animal models to human studies a study published in Fitoterapia, in 2010, is about an investigation into the effects of bergamot extract in rats and in 237 human participants with hyperlipemia some of whom also had hyperglycaemia.

Bergamot extract, given orally for 30 days to both rats and patients, reduced total and LDL cholesterol levels (an effect accompanied by elevation of cHDL), triglyceride levels and significantly decreased blood glucose. The bergamot extract inhibited HMG-CoA reductase activityand enhanced reactive vasodilation thus representing an efficient phytotherapeutic approach in combating hyperlipemic and hyperglycaemic disorders. Continue reading

Cholesterol Lowering Drugs and Side Effects

For some it is very important to take a cholesterol lowering drug, as recommended by their medical doctor. No matter the reason for taking the drug, the possibility of side effects remains the same. The main drugs prescribed are statins. How do they work? They inhibit an enzyme responsible for producing cholesterol in the liver. Statins are taken in the evening as most cholesterol production occurs in the body at night. Continue reading

Cholesterol Managed by Food

When we ate whole foods, fruits and vegetables grown in our backyards, butter and full cream raw milk, eggs from the backyard chooks, breads that lasted for weeks, meats with the fat on and chicken with the skin on, and meat meals with bones, we did not have the disease rates we have today. All the above foods are unprocessed. It’s not all that long ago. Raw cow’s milk was delivered to our door in suburban Brisbane up to 1986 – and it was good for us then, and it is still good for us today. And the word “cholesterol”, was unknown. Continue reading

The Many Vital Roles of Cholesterol

The word “cholesterol” is being used more and more in relation to health considerations and is mostly portrayed as the enemy, and a harmful substance we must “try hard” to get to a certain number in a blood reading. However, cholesterol is produced by almost every cell in the body predominantly in the liver, and has many vital functions in our body. Continue reading

Fish Oil and Cholesterol

It’s time to address the cholesterol issue again as heart disease and the use of the cholesterol lowering drugs continue to escalate. And what does fish oil have to do with both of these subjects? We do need to be mindful of why we take “fish oil”. Because it is now common knowledge that “fish oil” is good for you, some take it for arthritis, some for skin eruptions, and some to balance hormones, and so on until we get to those who take it to get their cholesterol readings to fit into the parameters the medical profession specifies. An airline pilot shared with me that he takes up to twelve capsules daily to maintain his readings within these parameters.

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