Lowering Cholesterol More Important for Apple Shaped Women
© 2005 - Frank Mangano
Controlling weight is definitely a factor in lowering cholesterol. However, there are groups of people with a higher risk of heart disease from uncontrolled cholesterol and those are the people who carry their excess weight around the mid-section. For women especially, being apple-shaped, where they have more body fat from the waist up then in the hips and thighs, put them at a greater risk. Add high triglycerides to the formula and these women have a 4.7% higher risk than other women with the same amount of fat, according to one study of 557 post menopausal women over a 8 ½ year period. The only difference in the risk factors here were where the women had stored their fat.
The lower cholesterol levels for women who are categorized as EWET (Enlarged Waist and Elevated triglycerides) by the National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP) could be the one factor that helps save their lives. Of course lowering their triglyceride readings is important too, as well as losing weight. Triglycerides are fats in the blood that can accumulate and clog arteries. Elevated levels occur when the body’s ability to respond to insulin is inadequate. EWET is defined as anyone having a waist of at least 35.2 inches and triglycerides of 128 mg/dL or higher.
Women with EWET who died from sudden cardiac trouble in the study had no other previous heart trouble. Therefore, reducing weight through diet and exercise and controlling other factors such as blood pressure and lowering cholesterol are of vital importance to this particular special population. Diet and exercise can significantly control many conditions related to the onset of heart diseases and is especially effective if used to lower cholesterol. This can be accomplished without the use of drugs and without negative side effects. The complete plan is outlined for men and women both in The 60 Day Prescription Free Cholesterol Cure.
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