The Need To Know Your Cholesterol Level

The importance to good health of keeping your cholesterol level under control can’t be overemphasized. Atherosclerosis and its complications, such as heart attacks and strokes, are the major causes of death in the United States and have reached epidemic proportions throughout the Western World. Such degeneration is responsible for 43% of all deaths in the U.S. The first step in the prevention and treatment of such diseases is the reduction of blood cholesterol levels.

The National Cholesterol Education Program is often quoted as the source for guidelines on safe cholesterol levels. It was established in 1995 by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, an organization that sways in political winds like many others. Their recommendations are far too high and influenced by vested interests. They, together with the National Research Council, the American Heart Association, and the National Institutes of Health, state that a diet with under 30% of calories from fat is healthful. Yet, this level has been scientifically shown to worsen heart disease. Americans consume 135 pounds of fat per year, far too much. You must get less than 10% of your calories from fat if you are to prevent disease.

Courtesy: cholesterolcheck.org

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Millets- The Answer to Prevention of Diabetes.

Diabetes is one of the deadliest diseases that are crippling the world right now. Not that we are unaware of that piece of information, but are even close to finding a cure? Yes, we are, but not quite. So, the only logical and more practical solution would be prevention. Diabetes doesn’t affect a person depending on age, it is solely his or her food and lifestyle habits that are responsible for the onset of diabetes. Of course there is the hereditary factor to consider, but the solution we are talking about is going to solve most of our issues, if only we go ahead and implement it! Millets are one of the most power packed pulses that help in diabetes prevention. You see, diabetic people have this innate craving for carbs and sweet dishes; well they can feed those cravings as long as their dishes are made from millets. There are several variants of these millets, and each one of them is used to make specific dishes.
Leading dietitians say that, in a week’s 21 meals if we switch over to millet diet for at least 10 of those meals, we are sure to observe a steady decrease in our blood sugar and at the same time a gradual reduction in weight. These crops have the highest fibre content, very little calorific value and are light on your stomach as well. These grains also provide you with the energy you require throughout the day. The idea is to combine these grains along with fresh fruits and green leafy veggies to get that perfect balanced nutrition. It is definitely impossible to avoid sugars altogether, which is why switching to millets by replacing the usual rice and wheat can work wonders for our body. This has become a widely adopted technique to overcome or prevent diabetes. In fact it is safe to say that millets are every diabetics’ dream food!

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Diet plans to lower cholesterol

Bad Cholesterol level is commonly seen in almost 8 out of 10 people. In order to maintain your cholesterol level, the most important thing that you should do is to maintain the perfect diet plan. It has also been proven that these diet plans are highly effective in lowering the cholesterol levels. If you find out that your cholesterol level is high, ensure that you take necessary steps to decrease it or keep in mind that you are prone to other ailments. Consulting your physician and dietitian will help you formulate a proper diet plan suitable to your body condition.
Some of the essentials in your diet plan:
• Apples: Apples should be the integral part of your diet as they are good in slashing the fat levels. Rich in vitamins, apples strengthen the immune system which protects us from diseases. Bad cholesterol is because of the rise in LDL. So, your target is to lower the LDL level.
• Onions: Onions do a fair job in lowering the LDL level in your body. Consuming half cooked onions will help you stay healthy. It is also said that onions help in increasing the levels of good cholesterol.
• Garlic: Garlic, being one of the frequently used ingredient in our food, it plays a huge role in lowering the cholesterol level. Apart from this, it also prevents blockage in the arteries which reduces the risk of heart illness.
Intake of liters of water is always the best solution to clean your body and prevent many diseases. Along with this, consumption of fruits and vegetables will help you stay energetic throughout the day. Unsaturated fatty foods like peanuts, canola oil and almond oil have proven to give best results. Apart from the diet plans and exercises medicines should also be continued as prescribed.

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Why diets are necessary for diabetic patients?

For those who are diagnosed with diabetes, it is really important that you take the prescribed medication along with a healthy diet. As soon as the person is diagnosed with this disease, the doctors should make sure that they educate the person to avoid more and more complications. Yes, once you are affected, you need to significantly change your lifestyle and get accustomed to the new lifestyle. The doctor should be the primary source of reference to the person and it is sad that an ideal doctor would also direct the patient to a nutritionist once they are diagnosed with diabetes.
The diet plans differ for each and every individual depending on the type of diabetes they suffer. One of the important factors is to keep the blood sugar levels controlled. If you still can’t control your sweet tooth, then there are options to rely on sugar free items. The nutritionist on checking his/her basic requirements will come up with a diet plan which the patient should follow until the doctor changes it. Intake of large quantities of water will solve most of the problems and keeps you brisk. This diet would help you lower the blood sugar levels to keep it intact.
Since, diabetes is becoming a huge threat to everyone; around millions of eatables have been made aiming the diabetes affected patients. These products will not only decrease the sugar level but also gives a satisfaction to the patients as they would be restricted to use certain food items. A diet for diabetes is totally necessary to keep you out of other complications. Also, it is said that diabetic patients are prone to heart attacks. Hence, a constant visit with your doctor will ease out all the complications. This situation getting worse day by day, it is important that we spend time for ourselves.

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Preventing Diabetes – Smart dieting is the way to go!

Diabetes is the world’s second most deadly disease and it isn’t going to be long before it may become the mostly deadly soon! Yes, we all very well know that there are several research centers across the world that are trying really hard to come with a permanent solution to prevent and/or cure diabetes, though we are well on the right path it will take us quite a while to make it available to every single individual. Though there are tablets available to control those rising sugar levels, again the question raised here is how many can afford insulin or other such pills? Well, the answer is quite simple: prevention. Yes, preventing diabetes is a far better option than having to deal with it. Because more than often diabetes never comes alone, cholesterol, and heart diseases almost immediately follow, and it is never a pretty picture.
So, adequate food and exercise should do the trick for any of the diabetics. In fact this way, you may keep away almost all of the diseases. Foods rich in vitamins, proteins and minerals and just the right amount of carbohydrates and fat are ideal, however thanks to the fast food generation most of us end up consuming more than the required intake of carbohydrates and fats. This is one of the main reasons why exercise is absolutely necessary for everybody. Keeping yourself fit is a key factor in staying away from diabetes. A healthy diet always helps, especially if it includes, muesli, millet, wheat flakes, granola bars, fish and chicken all of them in the right proportions of course. Even for someone who is dealing with diabetes, a complete switch over to the above mentioned diet will definitely go a long way in keeping it under control. There is plenty of help out there, but in the end it is entirely up to you!

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Cholesterol – The lethal friend of Diabetes

Diabetes is one of the leading causes for death all around the world. Though it is a non-communicable disease, due to drastic change in our lifestyle and food habits, we have succumbed to this dangerous disease. Unfortunately, diabetes has no cure; it can only be prevented or controlled. Although research is underway to find a permanent cure, we can only deal with what we know as of now; and that is prevention as well as control. Diabetes can be passed on through genes, but at the same time can also be acquired during a person’s lifetime.
The more one is made aware about the traits of this disease; the better is their chance in fighting it. One of the most important factors that have a direct effect on diabetics is their cholesterol levels. Now, cholesterol is a substance found in the blood stream as well as within cells (more commonly known as fat), it is divided into three categories namely; good or hdl cholesterol, bad or ldl cholesterol and triglycerides. When these various cholesterols are found in normal quantities within our body, then there isn’t any problem. The issues arise only when the hdl or good cholesterol level reduces and simultaneously the ldl or bad cholesterol and triglycerides increase.
You see, when the ldl cholesterol increases, it makes diabetics more prone to heart diseases and heart attacks. The most common form of coronary disease because of this would be the blocking of the arteries due to fat formation along the walls of the arteries. This automatically restricts the blood flowing from and away from the heart, leaving room to high probabilities of violent heart attacks. As mentioned earlier, prevention and/or control is the best way for diabetics to tackle their disease. Healthy eating habits and regular exercise will go a long way in controlling cholesterol levels and keeping your heart healthy.

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Keep your sugar and cholesterol level within limits to lead a happy life

With diabetes being one of the major problems faced by our previous generation, it is high time that we curtail our desire to be a sugar mouth and to follow healthy diet plans to avoid such ailments in future. The first step to maintain a healthy life is to involve them in handling the level of stress they are up to. The stress can be controlled by repeated exercising and meditation. Intake of glucose in any format is strictly prohibited. Prescribed medicines and diet plans should be followed which control the sugar level. One important fact is that a diabetes patient should eat at regular intervals.
Another major problem faced by people is the rise in cholesterol level. It is known that people with diabetes are more prone to bad cholesterol and other physical ailments. Maintaining both the sugar and cholesterol level is a tedious task but with doctor’s consultation, both and be controlled in the prescribed amount of time. There are ample numbers of diet plans to be followed. Eating four or five cups of fruits and vegetables will keep you energetic the whole day. Foods that are high in fat and calorie content are to be avoided. Protein rich foods are also advisable.
If a patient is diagnosed with both diabetes and cholesterol, it is a known fact that he is in the verge of getting affected by cardiovascular diseases. Especially with Type 2 diabetes, one should keep a constant check at the blood sugar level as well as the cholesterol level. Uncontrollable ranges may even lead to heart attack or stroke. Following a strict diet plan after consultation with the physician from time to time will keep you away from danger. Large intakes of water, fruits and vegetables are the essentials in every diet plan. It is also imperative to maintain healthy weight and blood pressure level to avoid further problems.

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Blood glucose levels

Reviewed by Professor Ian W Campbell, consultant physician

What is the blood sugar level?
The blood sugar level is the amount of glucose (sugar) in the blood. It is also known as plasma glucose level. It is expressed as millimoles per litre (mmol/l).
Normally blood glucose levels stay within narrow limits throughout the day: 4 to 8mmol/l. But they are higher after meals and usually lowest in the morning.
In diabetes the blood sugar level moves outside these limits until treated. Even with good control of diabetes, the blood sugar level will still at times drift outside this normal range.

Why control blood sugar levels?
When very high levels of blood glucose are present for years, it leads to damage of the small blood vessels.

This in turn increases your risk of developing late-stage diabetes complications including:

  • retinopathy (eye disease)
  • nephropathy (kidney disease)
  • neuropathy (nerve disease)

cardiovascular disease, such as heart attack, hypertension, heart failure, stroke and problems caused by poor circulation, eg gangrene in the worst cases.

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Diabetes is a condition caused by too much glucose in your blood. Your blood sugar level can be too high if your body does not produce enough of the hormone insulin. There are 2 basic types of diabetes – type 1 usually affects people under 40 and occurs if the body is unable to produce any insulin. Type 2 usually affects people over 40 but can develop at any age. About 9 out of 10 people with diabetes have type 2.

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Blood glucose levels

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HOME CHOLESTEROL TEST

Don’t you just hate going to your doctor’s clinic and finding out you’re the 20 th person yet to be seen by the doctor?

Patients have been spared the long lines at the doctor’s clinic with the home cholesterol test. Sold over-the-counter in pharmacies since 1993, the home cholesterol test has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

The total blood cholesterol and HDL cholesterol levels can now be determined by using the home cholesterol test. Aside from it’s being easy to use, it doesn’t need more than 2 drops of blood from your fingertip.

The total cholesterol level resulting from the home cholesterol test is found out in about 15 minutes. Aside from its being readily available in local pharmacies without any prescription, it is also cheap. Average cost of the home cholesterol testis around $14.00. This test boasts of a 95% accuracy rate when done correctly.

While there are many advantages to using the home cholesterol test, it is still not advisable to be used by people who are hemophiliac. This is so because a person suffering from hemophilia has the tendency to bleed profusely.

Thus, a single prick on the fingertip to draw a few drops of blood might be a cause for the person to bleed more. A disadvantage of using the home cholesterol test is it may give a patient confusing result.

Courtesy: lower-cholesterol-guide.info

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