Taking Charge of Your Health

So traditionally speaking, high cholesterol
is hen we have a total cholesterol of over 200, an LDL reading of over 100, triglycerides
that are over 120, and HDLs less than about 45 (we want HDL higher). HDLs are protective
in that they typically take cholesterol from the arteries back to the liver, and LDLs take
cholesterol back into the arteries from the liver—so we like to have the LDLs lower
and the HDLs a little bit higher. Triglycerides will tell us how much carbohydrate a person
is typically taking in, and how well they’re handling that carbohydrate, so we like to
see that number lower. So the reason why high cholesterol is deemed problematic is that
typically, if cholesterol is elevated chronically, we tend to have an elevated correlation with
cardiovascular disease. What this can look like for a person is being at increased risk
for things like heart attack and stroke. And along with major complications like that,
we can also see occlusion of the vessels, which eventually leads to a compromise in
circulation to the legs or the arms. We can also see a decrease in cognitive function
because the brain isn’t getting adequate circulation. When a person comes to see me
for high cholesterol issues, we spend a lot of time during the initial two-hour consult
focused on history. i really want to know what that person’s diet looks like. I also
want to know what their exercise patterns look like, and I want to know what their stress
levels are. After we’ve established that information, I want to get some testing done
so we can confirm that the levels are actually high. In addition to the traditional tests
like the total cholesterol, the LDL, the HDL levels, and the triglycerides, I’m also
going to run LDL density. I’m going to look at lipoprotein (little) a and homocysteine,
and I’m going to run apoA and apoB levels as well. I’m going to get a very thorough
physical examination on them as well during that initial consult, and we’re going to
look at things like blood pressure, we’re going to look at things like hip circumference,
and we’re going to look at weight. So when I get labs back that confirm the person actually
is struggling with high cholesterol, the very first thing we do is look at diet. We remove
anything that’s causing a problem, and so the primary problems in diet are refined carbohydrates
and processed foods. So what this means is looking at any sugars and any flours: cereals,
pancakes, muffins, bagels, bread, pasta, crackers—these are all things that are very problematic in
terms of raising cholesterol. Any type of trans-fats are problematic, so just really
taking out any type of processed food. We want to encourage everyone to eat organic
foods so that they’re not getting any type of excess chemicals, hormones, GMO foods into
their bodies because these are also very inflammatory and cause problems long-term. So good foods
to focus on are fiber. For example, a person could eat steel-cut oats for breakfast with
some oat bran and some fresh fruit and some nuts, and that would actually be a very good
breakfast that would help lower cholesterol. Lots of good-quality, organic proteins, fresh
vegetables and fruits, nuts and seeds, lots of good oils—fish oil, flax oil; we can
do avocado and some coconut oils—we are just finding they are very good for the body.
In addition to diet changes, I also ask my patients to add some exercise to their routine.
Many of my patients are sedentary when they first some to me, and this is part of the
problem. So adding 30 minutes of movement daily is what I ask from my patients. I also
recommend three major supplements: I put all my patients with cholesterol problems on fish
oil—I have them take a tablespoon a day, and this is so that they’re getting at least
3 grams of EPA+DHA, which are important to bring down inflammation, which is associated
with elevated cholesterol. In addition, it’s going to take the small, dense LDL particles,
which are more of a risk factor for cardiovascular disease and events, and change them into the
lighter LDL particles which are less of a risk factor. The other two supplements I like
to use are plant sterols and pantothene. The plant sterols will help with decreasing patients’
absorption of dietary cholesterol if they’re eating any, and the pantothene will help with
lipid metabolism. So these are supplements that are not used long-term, but they help
dramatically with just getting those initial numbers down. Typically, I’ll have patients
come back in six weeks to three months, depending on what their schedule is like, and we re-test
lipids at that point, and we generally see a dramatic shift down with that regimen. If
my patients follow this protocol, I find that their cholesterol comes down and then there’s
no need for cholesterol-lowering drugs.

2 thoughts on “Effectively Treat High Cholesterol with Natural Medicine – Dr. Angela Agrios, ND

  1. Excellent video!

    I was having 260 cholesterol and my daughters were very worried.

    My friend suggested me to use "cholesterol" mobile app which motivated and helped me to have good foods.

    Within 1 month, my cholesterol reduced to 220 now and my family is happy!

    Thank you!

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