Archive for November, 2009

High Carbohydrate, High Fiber Diet to Lower Cholesterol

Posted on November 19, 2009. Filed under: cholesterol, diet, LDL-cholesterol, oat bran | Tags: , , , , , , |

Many of my patients have dropped their total cholesterol by 80 points through an intense diet. Their LDL (bad-guy) cholesterol has decreased from 150 to 90 points! In our research in Kentucky we documented for hundreds of patients that we could lower the LDL cholesterol by 35-45% through our high carbohydrate, high fiber diet without weight loss or exercise. These diets were rich in oats (oatmeal and oatbran), beans (pinto and other dry beans), vegetables and fruits.

Dr. David Jenkins at the University of Toronto has also demonstrated in hundreds of people that they can lower their LDL-cholesterol by 35-40% using his ‘Portfolio Diet.’

Both diets are high in complex carbohydrate and soluble fiber while being very low in red meat, processed meat, high fat dairy foods, and eggs.

And you do not have to lose weight to do this! But, if you are a few pounds overweight, this diet will help you make those love handles smaller.

So, with serious attention to your diet your can drop your cholesterol by 80 points and your LDL bad guys by 60 points.

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How To Lower Your Cholesterol By 30 Points

Posted on November 19, 2009. Filed under: cholesterol, diet, LDL-cholesterol, oat bran | Tags: , , , , , |

Your blood cholesterol level is a major cause of heart attacks. The foremost way to lower your cholesterol and protect yourself from heart attacks is to limit your intake of meats, processed meats (sausage, hamburger and lunch meat), high fat dairy foods (ice cream, milk and butter) and eggs.

The American Heart Association recommends the Therapeutic Lifestyle Change, which includes a diet limited in meat, animal fat and high fat dairy foods as well as walking 30 minutes daily. The goal also is to achieve a desirable, non-obese weight.

Know Your Numbers

  • LDL-cholesterol (the “bad guy” type)- desirable is less than 130 and ideal is less than 100 mg/dl (for persons with heart disease the goal is 70 mg/dl);
  • HDL-cholesterol (the “good guy” type)- desirable for women, more than 50; and for men, more than 40 mg/dl;
  • Triglycerides (the other type of blood fat), less than 150 mg/dl.

Most people can lower their “bad guy” (LDL) cholesterol by 25 to 45% by making changes to their eating habits. I lowered my high LDL cholesterol from 200 to 110 through diet alone.

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