cholesterol can be factor in insulin resistance, excess
weight, and obesity. These conditions can also be factors in Cardiovascular Disease.
When the body becomes insulin resistant, it begins a cycle which
leads to the release of more and more insulin. This condition is
called hyperinsulinemia caused by an increase in pancreatic
insulin secretion in order to maintain healthy levels of glucose in the
Hyperinsulinemia can then stimulate lipid storage (fat storage
throughout the body) and altered lipoproteins (higher levels of
cholesterol) which can be unhealthy for the cardiovascular system.
Combating hyperinsulinemia is a crucial factor in heart disease
Excess insulin can also effect the liver where more of the blood lipids called triglycerides can be produced. This
blood fat disorder is called dyslipidemia, a plaque
build-up in artery walls. Dyslipidemia is diagnosed when LDL
"bad" cholesterol is high, HDL ("good" cholesterol) is low,
triglyceride levels are elevated or there is a combination of
all three, which can increase the risk for cardiovascular disease.
Additionally, LDL cholesterol particles seen in people who
suffer from both insulin resistance and the cluster of
cardiovascular risk factors called metabolic syndrome (syndrome
x) are smaller and more dense than those of individuals without
these conditions. Cholesterol particles have been linked to an
increased risk for cardiovascular disease although the exact
relationship is unclear.
Increased levels of the "bad" cholesterol (LDL, or low-density
lipoprotein) are one of the underlying factors in Metabolic Syndrome. Excess weight gain
and obesity, high blood lipids, unhealthy diet, and physical
inactivity are also known to effect levels of cholesterol.
A woman with PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) also often
displays signs of excess weight gain and obesity-linked
metabolic syndrome. These signs may include high blood pressure,
type 2 diabetes, and excessive abdominal fat, all high risk
factors for developing cardiovascular disease.
Scientists and health care professionals have been concerned about "high cholesterol", which is
actually a reference to LDL levels, as opposed to the "good"
cholesterol, HDL (high-density lipoprotein.) In general, the
lower a person's LDL, and the higher their HDL, the lower the
risk of cardiovascular disease.
The National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP) advises that
addressing high levels of cholesterol is critical. "But the idea
that you can use cholesterol-lowering drugs without lifestyle
changes is incorrect," said Scott Grundy, M.D., Ph.D. and the
American Heart Association's representative to the NCEP.
"Lifestyle changes have enormous benefits beyond lowering LDL
cholesterol, such as raising levels of good cholesterol,
lowering triglycerides, managing diabetes and reducing
inflammation of the arteries," he explained.
Excess weight and obesity can be related to inflammation. For more information, click on Inflammation, Insulin Resistance and Weight Issues.
Switching to a low cholesterol diet may not be enough to improve
cholesterol levels. Although there are approved drugs
that can help lower cholesterol levels, there is currently no
drug that will completely reverse the symptoms of insulin
resistance, or help manage metabolic syndrome and PCOS. Instead, you must rely
on a multi-faceted approach to improving these conditions that
address excess weight gain, and obesity.
What is required is a complete system, including potent nutraceuticals
(vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes, and botanicals formualted to address specific conditions), a
realistic exercise program combined with nutritional guidance,
and a support system that will help you seek healthy
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