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African-American Men Have Greater Need to Lower Cholesterol
The need to lower cholesterol may have nothing to do with your diet and a whole lot more to do with your race. A study of African American men who had a variable form of the MTP gene known as “TT” were found to have between 8 and 15 percent higher levels of Low Density Lipoprotein, or the so-called “bad” cholesterol. Additionally, 7 percent of all African American men have been found to have the TT form of the gene.
In other studies, the same percentage of White males also had a TT form of the MTP gene. This has led researchers to believe that there is a part of the overall male population that is genetically at a greater risk of having high cholesterol. Both studies took into account lifestyle choices such as smoking or alcohol consumption as well as the amount each exercised. All things being equal, those with the gene usually needed to lower cholesterol or face the added risk of heart disease.
Researchers who work to help people lower cholesterol have hoped that their findings will help these special populations increase their awareness of the need for cholesterol screening and early management. Knowing they are at a higher risk for high cholesterol, African American men, White men, and post menopausal woman all should strive for early intervention, meaning they should take action to lower cholesterol before it begins to cause damage to their arteries.
A diet that is low in fat and low cholesterol is an essential first step. Making specific lifestyle changes and increasing exercise are also important. Those who already have high cholesterol can take specific herbs, minerals and vitamins to approach lowering cholesterol more naturally. Everything needed to lower cholesterol without prescription drugs can be found in The 60-Day Prescription Free Cholesterol Cure by Frank Mangano. This proven method will lower cholesterol naturally through sound nutritional education and planning.
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