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Lowering Cholesterol is Important for Diabetics
Lowering cholesterol is extremely important for those who have total cholesterol readings of over 200. However, if you are a diabetic the dangers of not lowering your cholesterol are even greater. This is because high cholesterol over time causes a build up of the waxy substance in the arteries and causes them to become dangerously narrow. Diabetics, especially those over the age of 50, also have a high risk of fatty build ups in the arteries in their legs. The combination of cholesterol build up and other fats in the arteries can narrow them to the point they close off completely. When this happens a heart attack or stroke is inevitable.
Much research has been done lately on the impact of statin drugs to lower cholesterol. The drugs work, but come with an array of negative side effects. The medical field and pharmaceutical companies are especially promoting the drugs to diabetics in order to lessen their risk of atherosclerosis or peripheral arterial disease (PAD).
Together the American Diabetes Association and the National Diabetes Education Program have set up guidelines for diabetics with high cholesterol. Those without diabetes need to keep their low density lipoprotein (LDL) levels below 130 mg/dL. Diabetics should strive to keep their LDL cholesterol under 100 mg/dL because of their added risk factors. LDL is the bad cholesterol that clogs arteries that may already be narrowing from the diabetes.
Weight loss helps with both diabetes management and in lowering cholesterol. A diet that contains low-fat, low-cholesterol foods and is rich in anti-oxidants and specific vitamins and minerals is the effective way to control blood sugar and for lowering cholesterol. Add exercise to the mix and you will have developed a lifestyle conducive to optimal health for diabetics and non-diabetics alike. The entire plan is explained in great detail in The 60-Day Prescription Free Cholesterol Cure.
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