Cholesterol Control

Cholesterol Control

Cholesterol Control

What about cholesterol and cholesterol control with medication versus diet

In my practice I see many patients that are placed on cholesterol inhibitor medications for cholesterol control. The side effects can present symptoms of musculoskeletal problems to such a degree that they seek medical attention for a problem they really don’t have.

What is good about cholesterol and how should we manage our cholesterol control program

When considering cholesterol control, one must realize that cholesterol is the mother of all fat molecules in our bodies. It maintains neurotransmitter and brain function, builds brain and nerve tissue, and nourishes the immune system. It provides the insulation around nerves that transmit electrical impulses. With cholesterol control most people do not understand that without cholesterol you could not survive. Our bodies run on the stuff. The basic ring structure of cholesterol is converted to vitamin D, cortisone, estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. Cholesterol control involves the liver because it produces cholesterol to make sure there is enough to transform it into the different hormones you need to function. The problem exists when the liver produces too much cholesterol and starts to form plaque within your blood vessels. Cholesterol control medications are designed to make the liver sick so it doesn’t over produce. But, there are alternatives.

Alternatives to cholesterol control without the statin drugs

When looking at cholesterol control a clinician needs to consider the entire blood chemistry. In my office I look at the total cholesterol divided by the HDL (high density lipoproteins) to get a ratio. Most labs will say that a ratio under 5 is acceptable, but this is taken from random studies from a population that has the claim to fame of heart disease as the number one cause of death. In cholesterol control we try to use a sound nutritional approach using foods that help reduce cholesterol such as fish, walnuts, oatmeal, and oat bran, and foods fortified with plant sterols or stanols. Cholesterol control  should look at diet and supplements proven to lower cholesterol and triglycerides. Cholesterol control exercises can increase the HDL and lower the bad cholesterol. Dr. Berg will be happy to discuss with you your own individual needs and concerns. Call today! Visit the following link to learn more about cholesterol control.

 this article on cholesterol control is informational and not to be used to diagnose or treat any medical condition

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