Taking Your Cholesterol Seriously – Proactive Medicine
Posted on Thu, 07 Jun 2018
by Dr. Edith Gorecki, M.D
If you’re between the ages of 40-60, you’ve probably had your cholesterol levels checked by your Family Doctor over a dozen times. Has your doctor ever told you that your cholesterol levels are elevated, but not ‘too elevated’ for medication? This is not the time to sit back and wait for your cholesterol to get high; this is time for action.
Cholesterol is an important lipid found in your blood, but too much of something is never a good thing, right? Although cholesterol is made up of different components that are essential to build new healthy cells, having a high cholesterol can cause a build up of this waxy lipid in your arteries. This can lead to decreased blood flow to many vital organs including your heart and brain, increasing your risk of having a heart attack or stroke. However, there are many preventative steps that you can take to make sure that your cholesterol levels are just where they need to be.
Maintaining a healthy diet that includes a selection of healthy foods in an assortment of vibrant colours and enjoying a active lifestyle would be the ideal recommendation for everyone. This is not always possible with today's fast paced society; everyone is on the go. Are we ever as active as we want to be? It is important to make time for yourself and try to better yourself daily, but in the meantime, the Nutraceutical industry is making it much easier for people to be proactive in their own health. There are hundreds of different natural products on the market that aid in improving your health.
Many natural supplements have been proven to benefit the cardiovascular system, including cholesterol levels in your body. Niacin, also known as vitamin B3, is a water-soluble vitamin that is used by your body to make energy. It has been used to help lower the ‘bad” LDL cholesterol. Not only that, niacin can increase the ‘good’ HDL cholesterol and decrease triglycerides. Plant-based compounds such as Sterols and stanols have been clinically shown to lower cholesterol levels and support a healthy heart. Sterols and stanols work to prevent the absorption of dietary sources of cholesterol, which in turn helps to lower total and LDL cholesterol levels in the blood.
Alternative forms of medicine have influenced the type of natural products on the market today. Eastern medicine beliefs have paved the way for more natural approach and has been tested for many diseases. In recent years, Ginseng, a root that has been used in Chinese medicine for centuries is shown to lower bad cholesterol. Artichoke leaf extract has also been used by many to help control their cholesterol levels.
Even though there are many options now available on the market in order to better your health, the real question is “which one do I try first?”. Speak to your doctor or trusted medical professional; they may be able to give you advice on natural alternatives that have been validated through clinical trials.
KGK is currently conducting a clinical research study to evaluate two natural health products for lowering cholesterol in healthy adults between the ages of 18 to 75 years who are not tobacco users, not on cholesterol lowering medications.
When you participate in one of our studies you’re taking part in cutting edge nutrition research. Throughout our studies we take steps to ensure participants are treated with the utmost levels of respect and confidentiality. For scientific purposes each study has its own set of eligibility criteria such as age, gender, weight, height, and/or your previous medical history.
Additional study information will be determined upon telephone or online screening. During your study visits parking at One London Place will be validated or bus fare provided. Participants are eligible for reimbursement up to $675 for their time and there is no cost to participate. Cholesterol participants who screen also receive a $5 Tim Horton’s Gift Card at their screening visit.
If you are interested in participating in this or any of our studies you can complete our online screening questions by visiting our online survey, calling 519-858-8359, or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.