Reduce The Risk Of Diabetes With Cholesterol

August 13, 2014

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Diabetes-Disease-HealthWhat? How do you reduce the risk of diabetes with cholesterol?

You can with the good cholesterol called HDL. It will help you fight off Metabolic Syndrome and Type II Diabetes.

In the past two blogs I’ve been discussing the risk factors of Metabolic Syndrome.

In review, Metabolic Syndrome is a cluster of ‘risk factors’ associated with the risk of developing Type II Diabetes.

Again, those ‘risk factors’ are:

  1. Obesity with waistlines over 40 inches for males and 35 inches for females
  2. High or low blood sugar
  3. Elevated BMI (body mass index) greater than 30
  4. Elevated triglycerides
  5. Low levels of ‘good’ cholesterol/HDL
  6. High blood pressure/hypertension

(Any 2 of these put you at a higher risk of developing Type II Diabetes.)

Diabetes-cholesterol LDL vs HDLToday I am going to discuss how to raise your HDL (high density lipids) otherwise known as your ‘good’ cholesterol.

Your HDL has earned the title of ‘good cholesterol’ because of its ability to protect you against your LDL (low density lipids) or ‘bad’ cholesterol.

Lipids are fats in your blood.

The ‘high/good density fats’ (HDL) work by cleaning up left over ‘low/bad density fats’ (LDL) and sending them back to the liver to be eliminated. Naturally if there is too much ‘bad fat’ and not enough ‘good fat’ the ‘bad fats’ can end up causing problems.

More and more is being understood about cholesterol. It is now known that just lowering total cholesterol is not the answer. What you really need to do is lower the LDL and raise the HDL. Actually research is showing that the higher your HDL, the lower your LDL.

This is not official but one cardiologist told me you do not want your LDL to be more than 2 ½ times your HDL. Ideal HDL is around 60. If your HDL is 60 your LDL should be no more than 150.

What is too low for HDL?

Anything 40 or below for men can be an indicator of higher risk for heart disease and diabetes. For women anything below 50 is a factor.

How do you go about raising your HDL?

  • Diabetes-exerciseLose weight – research shows that for every 6 pounds you lose you can increase your HDL by at least 1 point – of course this is if you need to lose weight
  • Be active with regular exercise – simple activities that raise your heart rate (walking, running, swimming, climbing stairs, etc.) can boost your HDL 5% or more in just 30 days
  • Avoid processed foods especially those that have saturated and/or trans fats
  • Eat your full share of fiber (what your grandma used to call roughage) – 25 to 35 grams daily
  • Cute Squirrel With WalnutIncrease your intake of whole grains, plant sterols (Tre-en-en), tree nuts like walnuts and almonds
  • Increase your omega-3 fatty acid intake from fish and fish oil supplements (Salmon Oil Plus)

Let’s spend a little time talking about processed foods and fats.

  • Keep in mind that small amounts of saturated and even trans fats occur naturally in meat and dairy products. The main problem is with the saturated or trans fats that are in processed and packaged foods.
  • Vegetable oils are used to add flavor, texture and shelf life to most processed/packaged foods. When processed through your digestive tract they turn to sludge thus causing blockages and other health problems.
  • An important term to watch for is ‘partially hydrogenated.’ Any oil or fat that is ‘partially hydrogenated’ is a ‘trans fat’ that is like putting little plastic corks in your arteries.
  • It is very important for you to become a ‘label reader’ if you routinely eat processed/packaged foods. Often food manufacturers replace fats with sugars so they can put ‘trans-fat-free’ or ‘low-trans-fat’ on the label.

Here are some processed/packaged foods to limit or do away with completely:

  • Cookies, crackers, cakes, muffins, pie crusts, pizza dough and breads especially breads such as hamburger buns
  • Stick margarines and vegetable shortenings
  • Cake mixes, pancake mixes and chocolate drink mixes
  • Fried foods such as donuts, French fries, chicken nuggets and hard taco shells
  • Snack foods such as chips, candy and packaged or microwave popcorn
  • Frozen dinners

Diabetes-Eat-from-scratchBasically prepare any of the above mentioned foods as often as you can from scratch so you know what is in them and how they are cooked.

It is very easy to take in ‘trans fats’ without thinking about it. For example; you have a bowl of dry cereal for breakfast, have a slice of birthday cake mid afternoon and some microwave popcorn as a bedtime snack. People eat similar to this or worse more often than they realize.

So the bottom line in raising your HDL cholesterol

  • lose weight if you need to 
  • get regular exercise 
  • eat whole foods 
  • stay away from processed/packaged foods
  • supplement to get important nutrients in ample quality and quantity

What is your HDL?

My last blood work shows I have an HDL of 89, well above the optimal 60.

Hopefully you are on your way to lowering your risk factors of Metabolic Syndrome and Type II Diabetes? If not, why not? If you have been following this series you now have information you need to do so.

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Important supplements I take and that will help you on your journey of raising your HDL are:

  • Tre-en-en – grain concentrates that are rich in naturally occurring unsaturated plant fats (lipids)
  • Salmon Oil Plus – complete spectrum of omega-3 fatty acids from screened food grade fish
  • All Natural Fiber Food and Drink Mix – blend of soluble and insoluble fibers from 12 natural whole-food sources providing cellulose, hemicellulose, gum, lignin and pectin with 8 grams of dietary fiber per serving

newprovitality_sq_lThe best way to start using the NeoLife supplements to give you that extra boost is to join the NeoLife Club. Choose the program that will best suit your needs and enjoy my low wholesale cost. (You can cancel or change your order at any time.)

A note of importance: The Pro Vitality + includes the Tre-en-en, core vitamins & minerals, a Salmon Oil Plus capsule and a Carotenoid Complex.

 

Empower your future health with wisdom, knowledge and common sense!

Pat Moon

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Pat has been married to the same man for 52 years, is the mother of 3 adult children, and grandma to 8 grandchildren. Growing up in the country gave her a head start to living a healthy lifestyle.  This grandma became interested in nutrition as a mother and for the past 27 plus years she has specialized in teaching others the importance of good nutrition.  Challenges along the road have been many; her father overcoming congestive heart failure with nutrition, her husband's battle with GERD and dealing with major heart issues, her daughter's battle with a brain tumor, her grandson beating Hodgkin's Lymphoma, her mother's stage 4 lung cancer, her mom-n-law's dementia, and others.  Her goal is to empower the future health of others with wisdom, knowledge and common sense so they can have the BEST REAL HEALTH possible. 

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1 Savvy Biz Solutions @NormaDoiron.NET August 14, 2014 at 8:13 am

As usual, great informational post on health Pat. So important to pay attention to these things before they make us sick. Thanks for sharing…

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2 Pat Moon August 14, 2014 at 10:09 am

Hi Norma,

Yes, its tough when some type of illness hits unexpectedly… paying attention ahead of time definitely reduces the risk.

Staying informed is the first step to keeping your health.

Pat

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3 Modesta January 10, 2017 at 6:29 am

Hi Pat, Thanks for sharing this crusial information. Changed my life

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4 Roslyn August 13, 2014 at 7:50 pm

Just had a fasting blood test. Will pay close attention to your facts when I get my results back. Fabulous & thanks for doing all the research.

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5 Pat Moon August 14, 2014 at 10:05 am

Hi Roslyn,

Its always good to know what some of the numbers indicate when we have blood work done.

Trying to keep you informed joyfully!

Pat

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6 Meryl Hershey Beck August 13, 2014 at 10:43 am

Great tips for raising our HDL levels. We must always be aware of our lifestyles and the choices we are making for our bodies. Negelting ourselves leads to illness and then our inability to be our best selves for others. We are created to be of service to others and that beings with taking care of ourselves. 

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7 Pat Moon August 13, 2014 at 11:38 am

That is all so true, Meryl.

I’ve just been communicating with someone who’s father seemed to be healthy until about age 58. Then it seemed all kinds of health problems started showing up. Now, a few years later he is in and out of the hospital with major stuff rather than being able to enjoy life and spend time with his grandchildren.  It is sad.

It is always more difficult to reverse damage to our health but it can be done with proper lifestyle changes including nutrition and exercise.

Blessings,

Pat

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8 Cheryl Relf May 25, 2014 at 10:45 pm

Informational and well written Pat.  Valuable information for many in this day and age… Lifestyles have certainly evolved over the past decade that demand some changes! 

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9 Pat Moon May 28, 2014 at 10:01 am

Hi Cheryl,

Thanks for reading and your supportive comment.

Pat

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10 Carla J Gardiner September 19, 2013 at 11:28 pm

Excellent informative article on good and bad cholesterol, Pat. I hope many pay attention and start making the necessary lifestyle changes to better health, now.

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11 Pat Moon September 20, 2013 at 8:54 pm

Hi Carla,

I, too, hope many will pay attention to information available to them about the lifestyle changes they may need to make. Those changes take effort and commitment but don’t all decisions that make a difference take effort and commitment?

Have a happy day!

Pat
 

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12 Roslyn September 19, 2013 at 6:31 pm

Pat, I love how you explain medical mysteries. Recently was told by Dr that I had metabolc syndrome & try as I might, I couldn't really understand it. Reading your blogs has definitely gotten thru. Happy to say I've made many changes under Dr supervision & I am losing weight slowly & getting accustomed to the choices I now make.

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13 Pat Moon September 20, 2013 at 8:51 pm

Hi Roslyn,

So sorry you have been diagnosed with metabolic syndrome but so happy you know about it and are doing something about it. I’m glad I was able to help you understand it more clearly. Please do not hesitate if I can answer any questions that may come up that you need more info about. Lifestyle changes are sometimes difficult at first but my experience has been that once I have made the changes for 2 or 3 months they become the normal. You will find those choices will become easier.

Take care of yourself and you will accomplish reversing that metabolic syndrome.

Blessings, Pat

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14 Ana Maria Batista Verrusio September 19, 2013 at 4:46 pm

Thank you for writing this, Pat.  You wrote an article that all could understand, about a very important subject.  Sometimes, our doctors explain this using the medical jargon that we don't speak.  This is a must read for anyone who wants to improve their health.

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15 Pat Moon September 19, 2013 at 5:03 pm

Hi Ana Maria,

Thank you very much for your nice compliment. I believe it is very important to understand how to take care of ourself to reduce the risk of developing serious disease. For so many people, they suddenly find they have diabetes and just fall into the mercy of the medical profession who have really not been educated in nutrition. Their continuing ed is the pharmicutical sales reps who are pushing their latest drugs. People need to know their options.

Thanks for visiting.

Pat
 

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16 kungphoo September 19, 2013 at 1:13 pm

I do not want to be at risk… i need to get myself going..

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17 Pat Moon September 19, 2013 at 4:56 pm

Hi Robert,

Ok, let’s get you started at The NeoLife Club. There is no time like today. Reduce your risk of health issues down the road of your life.

Ready, set, GO!

Pat
 

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18 Ernestine King September 19, 2013 at 12:22 pm

Very good article  Pat! So important for people to know about eating healthy!

Thank you for sharing.

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19 Pat Moon September 19, 2013 at 4:52 pm

Hi Ernestine,

You are very welcome. I love sharing the good news of how you can improve your health with proper nutrition.

Be healthy.

Pat

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20 Alexandra McAllister September 19, 2013 at 10:06 am

Excellent article, Pat.  Thanks for sharing all these helpful tips! You know me, I'm all about getting healthier.  It took a stroke to make me realise how important being healthy is. 

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21 Pat Moon September 19, 2013 at 10:41 am

Hi Alexandra,

As you know, I am so sorry you had to go through having and recovering from a stroke to realize the importance of taking care of your health. Thankfully you are on your journey to being the very best you can be including being healthier.

I always treasure your comments.

Blessings, Pat
 

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