Posted by: 4pack | August 22, 2008

Waist Not, Want Doctor Not (As Much): Lower Your Cholesterol And Visceral Fat

BACK TO MEDICAL SCIENCE…LARGE WAIST SIZE AND POOR HEART AND OVERALL HEALTH ARE TOTALLY RELATED…LET THE OLYMPIANS LEAN MUSCLE AND CUT PHYSIQUES MOTIVATE YOU…TO REDUCE CALORIC INTAKE AND EAT RIGHT…THE FOLLOWING EXCERPTS ARE FROM A FOX NEWS HEALTH ARTICLE… 

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,407422,00.html 

Waist circumference has become a benchmark for determining heart health, said Dr. Mary Ann McLaughlin, a cardiologist at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City.

Cholesterol is a substance found throughout the body that is carried in blood particles called lipoproteins. An excess of cholesterol can lead to a complete blockage of the coronary artery, which will trigger a heart attack. A total cholesterol level of less than 200 is considered healthy.

Waist circumference is a problem for both men and women but the cause is contradictory.

“In men, the low testosterone levels that sometimes occur in 50s and 60s can increase the risk for heart disease, pre-diabetes, and insulin resistance,” McLaughlin said. “During this time, we also see an increase in abdominal fat. So it’s actually the opposite of women where we see a decrease in estrogen causing an increase in adipose fat.”

McLaughlin said curbing belly fat is the key to cutting the risk for both high cholesterol and heart disease.

She offers these tips to do so:

Exercise, especially your midsection. Even if you don’t lose a single pound, you can cut your risk of heart disease by doing sit-ups and crunches, which will slim your stomach and waist line, McLaughlin said.

Reduce carbohydrate intake. Simple carbs, the type found in white flour, pasta, rice and potatoes, have been shown to increase abdominal fat. Reducing these carbs is a good way to lower your risk for heart disease and cholesterol.

Get nutty. Eating 12-24 walnuts or almonds each day has been shown to reduce cholesterol levels, according to McLaughlin.

Sprinkle flax. Flaxseed has cholesterol-lowering properties. McLaughlin recommends sprinkling the powder on cereal or yogurt rather than taking supplements.

Drink up. Wine, grape juice and cranberry juice are all effective cholesterol fighters, McLaughlin said. Although grape and cranberry juices can be imbibed anytime, wine should be limited to one glass per day for women and two for men, McLaughlin said.

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Responses

  1. Eat Foods Rich In Vitamins & Minerals because cells in your body burn food into energy to maintain your bodily functions. The energy-burning metabolic process requires vitamins and minerals, which you can best source from fruits and vegetables.

  2. Excellent post!
    The most important to me is to reduce carbohydrates intake. Hormone replacement therapy is very important.
    More about hormones:
    http://www.doctorkalitenko.com/1-26-Managing_menopause_or_andropause


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