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Dx Cholesterol Alternative Therapy:

Overview Cholesterol

The Merck Manual Home Edition states:
"Cholesterol and triglycerides are important fats (lipids) in the blood. Cholesterol is an essential component of cell membranes, brain and nerve cells, and bile, which helps the body absorb fats and fat-soluble vitamins. The body uses cholesterol to make vitamin D and various hormones, such as estrogen, testosterone, and cortisol. The body can produce all the cholesterol that it needs, but it also obtains cholesterol from food. Triglycerides, which are contained in fat cells, can be broken down, then used to provide energy for the body's metabolic processes, including growth.

Triglycerides are produced in the intestine and liver from smaller fats called fatty acids. Some types of fatty acids are made by the body, but others must be obtained from food (see Fats).

Fats, such as cholesterol and triglycerides, cannot circulate freely in the blood, because blood is mostly water. To be able to circulate in blood, cholesterol and triglycerides are packaged with proteins and other substances to form particles called lipoproteins.

There are different types of lipoproteins. Each type has a different purpose and is broken down and excreted in a slightly different way. Lipoproteins include chylomicrons, very low density lipoproteins (VLDL), low-density lipoproteins (LDL), and high-density lipoproteins (HDL). Cholesterol transported by LDL is called LDL cholesterol, and cholesterol transported by HDL is called HDL cholesterol.

The body can regulate lipoprotein levels (and therefore lipid levels) by increasing or decreasing the production rate of lipoproteins. The body can also regulate how quickly lipoproteins enter and are removed from the bloodstream.

Levels of cholesterol and triglycerides vary considerably from day to day. From one measurement to the next, cholesterol levels can vary by about 10%, and triglyceride levels can vary by up to 25%.

Lipid levels may become abnormal because of changes that occur with aging, various disorders (including some hereditary ones), use of certain drugs, or lifestyle (such as consuming a high-fat diet, being physically inactive, or being overweight).

*[Editor]Every man over the age of 45 and woman over the age of 60 should have a Coronary Artery Calcium Score (C.A.C.S.). This is a 30-second rapid C.T. scan of the chest that documents the presence, size, and volume of calcification. If he/she has calcification C.A.C.S. strongly predicted future major adverse cardiac events." On the positive side, having a score of zero or even a C.A.C.S. score less than 100, says the John Hopkin's group, "will find that individual is at virtually no risk of having a heart attack and "for older individuals without calcium in their arteries, it means they do not need routinely prescribed cholesterol lowering medications or aspirin because they are at a lower risk of a heart attack."
[Editor] The cost rarely exceeds two-hundred dollars and is usually not covered by healthcare insurance.

Medications Used in the Treatment:
1. Prescription Medications: statins, fibrinates (Prescription Cholesterol Medications
2. Omega-3 fish oil, niacin
3. Nattokinase®
4. Alternative Therapy: Red Rice Yeast
5. Correct bio-identical Hormonal Imbalances:
Hypothyroidism is the cause of elevated choesterol. Natural thyroid and compounded T3 can lower total cholesterol and LDl-cholesterol by up to 20%.
6. Taking 15mg/kg (4 tablespoons in divided doses) of fish oil or Udo's oil can lower the triglycerides and increase HDL. Ideal Triglycerides/ HDL ratio is less than 2 but 3 is acceptable. The Editor mixes 2 tablespoons of the oils in a protein drink twice daily.

*[Editor] With the ability to measure, prior to your doctor visit, 12 bio-identical hormones, vitamins, minerals, blood count and selective markers for less than four-hundred ($400) dollars, it seems illogical not to correct these imbalances first, and then, later, to measure the lipid panel. Bio-identical hormones, when normalized, hypothyroid, testosterone in men, estradiol in women, melatonin can have a positive effect on the cholesterol, triglycerides and LDL/HDL ratios.

*A review article showed that adding partially hydrolysed guar gum had profound effect on cholesterol, metabolic syndrome and weight loss.

*[Editor] Over-the-counter-Remedies with Institutional Review Board (research) publications include a program of a non-drug therapy for lowering cholesterol, triglycerides, and improving the rations. The products used that include nattokinase and red yeast rice in combined capsule with 300mg of RYR extract and 50mg of nattokinase. There were no results for 6 months. Then, the results were as good or superior to prescription medications: triglycerides down 15%; total cholesterol down 25%; LDL down 41%; TC/HDL ratio up 29.5%; and HDL-C up 7.5%. commonly used without the side-effects. Results continued well past the end of the study.

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