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Default I recently checked my cholesterol and my good cholesterol was 1.75 How does that comp - 12-21-2008, 02:16 AM

and is the "good" cholesterol score a better indicator of your overall health. And what does the "bad" indicate.
Im in Canada if the figures are different then the u.s.
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Default 12-23-2008, 02:16 AM

I personally don't believe that LDL levels are really relevant to health. I recommend having your blood sugar tested with an Hb1ac test. This analyzes the plasma glucose concentration over a period of time (2-3 months) I believe, this is more accurate indicator of overall health. Cholesterol numbers can be extrapolated but not accurately until the numbers become obvious of a problem & the answer is NOT taking drugs to modify the numbers.

High triglyceride levels & low HDL levels are an indicator of plaque, glaciation - the precursors to a heart attack and heart disease. Carb consumption raises triglycerides & VLDL (bad cholesterol). Fats raise the HDL (good cholesterol). Plaque build up in the arteries are more attributable to crab consumption than dietary fats, which seems to be the conclusion of the following study.

study from the Oxford group examining the postprandial (after-eating) effects of a low-fat vs. low-carbohydrate diet. (Roberts R ET AL, 2008)

Postprandial proteins, you'd think, would be plentiful after ingesting a large quantity of fat, since fat must be absorbed via chylomicrons into the bloodstream. But it's carbohydrates that figure most prominently in determining the pattern and magnitude of postprandial triglycerides and lipoproteins. Much of this effect develops by way of de novo lipogenesis, the generation of new lipoproteins like VLDL after carbohydrate ingestion.

What Is Cholesterol Ratio?

To find your cholesterol ratio, you divide your total cholesterol number by your HDL, or good, cholesterol number. For example, if your total cholesterol number is 200 and your good cholesterol is 50, your total cholesterol ratio is 4:1. According to the American Heart Association, the ideal cholesterol ratio is about 3.5:1.

There seems to be confusion about saturated fats (and naturally occurring trans fats) falling into the same realm as man made chemically altered fats (trans fats from hydrogenated fats) which they usually alter oils to make them stable like saturated fats because they don't become rancid the way unsaturated (vegetable oils) oils can.

Saturated fats may not be considered as yet an essential fat required for life but human breast milk has 50% of calories from fat & 54% of it is saturated fat (39*% oleic acid - Omega 9 monounsaturated fatty acid & ONLY 3% polyunsaturated fats) for infants (the fats in coconut oil & olive oil - surely nature can't be too wrong). Coconut oil (the only oil close to duplicating breast milk and added to baby formula) has an extremely unique make up with it's medium chained fatty acids and can be processed directly as energy in the liver in much the same manner as a carbohydrate.

The link between saturated fats and heart health was based on faulty science & has been disproven but very few are willing to contradict the long standing myth. Both cholesterol and saturated fat are essential for growth in babies and children, especially the development of the brain. Still, the American Heart Association recommends a low-cholesterol, lowfat diet for children & adults.

Dietary fat, whether saturated or not, is not a cause of obesity, heart disease, or any other chronic disease of civilization. Through their direct effects on insulin and blood sugar, refined carbohydrates, starches and sugars are the dietary cause of coronary heart disease and diabetes.

7 Reasons to Eat More Saturated Fat

1) Improved cardiovascular risk factors

Saturated fat in the diet reduces the levels of lipoprotein (a) abbreviated Lp(a)?that correlates strongly with risk for heart disease. The only dietary means of lowering Lp(a) is eating saturated fat. Eating fats raises the level of HDL, the so-called good cholesterol.

2) Stronger bones

Saturated fat is required for calcium to be incorporated into bone - According to expert in human health, Mary Enig, Ph.D., as much as 50 percent of the fats in the diet should be saturated fats.

3) Improved liver health
Studies show that saturated fat encourages the liver cells to dump fat content. Saturated fat has been shown to protect the liver from the toxic insults of alcohol & medications and even to reverse the damage.

4) Healthy lungs

For proper function, the airspaces of the lungs have to be coated with a thin layer of lung surfactant. The fat content of lung surfactant is 100 percent saturated fatty acids. Replacement of these critical fats by other types of fat makes faulty surfactant & potentially causes breathing difficulties, collapse of the airspaces & respiratory distress.

5) Healthy brain

Your brain is mainly made of fat & cholesterol. Though highly unsaturated essential fatty acids found in cold-water fish (EPA & DHA) are important for brain & nerve function, most of the fatty acids in the brain are actually saturated. The brain needs saturated fats to function optimally.

6) Proper nerve signaling

Certain saturated fats, found in butter, lard, coconut oil, & palm oil, function directly as signaling messengers that influence the metabolism. Without the correct signals to tell the organs & glands what to do, the job gets done improperly.

7) Strong immune system

Saturated fats found in butter & coconut oil (myristic acid & lauric acid) play key roles in immune health. Loss of sufficient saturated fatty acids in the white blood cells hampers their ability to recognize & destroy foreign invaders, such as viruses, bacteria, & fungi. Myristic & lauric acid have potent germ-killing ability. We need dietary replenishment of them to keep the immune system vigilant against the development of cancerous cells & infectious invaders.

Saturated fats play many important biologic roles. They are an integral component of cell membranes, which are 50 percent saturated fat. Lung surfactant is composed entirely, when available, of one particular saturated fat, 16-carbon palmitic acid. Properly made with this fat, it prevents asthma and other breathing disorders. For nourishment, heart muscle cells prefer saturated long-chain palmitic and 18-carbon stearic acid over carbohydrates. Saturated fats are required for bone to assimilate calcium effectively. They help the liver clear out fat and provide protection from the adverse effects of alcohol and medications like acetaminophen. Medium-chain saturated fats in butter and coconut oil, 12-carbon lauric acid and 14-carbon myristic acid, play an important role in the immune system. They stabilize proteins that enable white blood cells to more effectively recognize and destroy invading viruses, bacteria, and fungi, and also fight tumors. Saturated fatty acids function as signaling messengers for hormone production, including insulin. And saturated fats signal satiety. Not surprisingly, given all these biological functions, saturated fats make up 54 percent of the fat in mother?s breast milk (monounsaturated fats are 39 percent; and polyunsaturated fats, a tiny 3 percent).
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Default 12-26-2008, 02:16 AM

Your good cholesterol is pretty good, actually it must be higher than 1.2; this means you can be safe of heart disease or any other high cholesterol problem. However, you should look to other cholesterol particles for the full picture and how their (HDL/LDL) ratio is.

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Default 12-28-2008, 02:16 AM

Hi Sharky,

To convert to mg/Dal multiply by 39. So, your HDL cholesterol of 1.75 Mil/l converts to 68.25 mg/Dal.

Here are the recommendations of the American Heart Association:

Total cholesterol less than 200
HDL cholesterol at least > 40, ideally > 60
LDL cholesterol at least less than 130, ideally less than 100
Triglycerides less than 150

Making sure your HDL cholesterol is within healthy levels is just as important as making sure LDL cholesterol falls within the healthy range. One does not "cancel out" the other.

All the best,
Lisa Nelson RD
How to Lower Cholesterol in 8 Simple Steps -
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