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BACH FLOWER REMEDIES

BACH FLOWER REMEDIES

BACH FLOWER REMEDIES

Many of us have heard a bit of flower remedies, but don’t know how exactly it works and for what ailments it can be best given! We also doubt the efficacy of these medicines and wonder whether they actually act! So, as it is only experience that would enforce the belief about its action,let me share a bit of information about these flower remedies!

Invented  by   Dr. Edward Bach, these are also known as Bach flower remedies. Dr. Bach isolated and classified 38 flowers from which he extracted 38 essences with which he succeeded in healing patients’ ailments while taking into account their individual emotional states. Dr. Bach found that certain flower essences led to self-healing, as they purified the patient of negative elements that adversely affected their health. Though these cannot strictly be classified as ‘medicine, we must bear in mind that these are ‘regulators’ of the human mind. As mind is always altered in every physical and mental disease, these flower remedies are prescribed   based on the mood and disposition of the patient.

Some FAQ’s :

  • Is it safe to take the remedies alongside other kinds of medicine?

Normally there is no problem with taking Bach remedies alongside other medicines. The active ingredient in a flower remedy is an energy from the plant, not a physical substance, so it will not interfere with the physical action of the other medicine. Nor will the other medicine stop the Bach remedy from working.

These can also be given along with Homoeopathic medicines ,i.e it does not impair the action of Homoeopathic drugs .Unlike Homoeopathy ,wherein there are many number of medicines, these flower remedies are only 38 in number and no potencies  of these remedies.

There are absolutely  no diet or other restrictions   when one takes these remedies. It is not habit forming nor does it have any side effects. Upto  3 to even 6 medicines can be mixed and given together

  • Can you take the remedies in tea, coffee and so on?

You can put the remedies in tea, coffee, fizzy drinks etc., and in this respect they are not like homoeopathic remedies.

Putting the drops into a hot drink has the advantage of evaporating the alcohol. We sometimes recommend this method to people who for one reason or another dislike the alcohol content.

 

  • I have heard that if you take a remedy for too long you will experience the negative state of that remedy.

This is not true. The remedies are entirely positive and cannot under any circumstances cause the negative state to appear.

  • When does one stop taking the remedies?

When   the problem that is being treated has gone. There is no need to continue taking them in case it comes back and of course no need to wean oneself off the remedies gradually, as you have to do with drugs like steroids and beta-blockers. Nor do you need to take a complete course of doses over a specific number of days, as you do with antibiotics.

  • Is it always better to select as few remedies as possible?

The normal guideline is to try to use no more than six or seven at a time, since experience has shown that more than this number is not usually necessary if a little thought goes into the selection process. Taking more remedies than are actually needed means that the focus is lost.

  • How remedies are made?

Two methods are used to make remedies. Most of the more delicate flowers are prepared using the sun method. This involves floating the flower heads in pure water for three hours, in direct sunlight. Woodier plants, and those that bloom when the sun is weak, are generally prepared by the boiling method – i.e. boiling the flowering parts of the plant for half an hour in pure water.

In both cases once heat has transferred the energy in the flowers to the water, the energised water is mixed with an equal quantity of brandy. This mix is the mother tincture.

Mother tincture is further diluted into brandy (at a ratio of two drops of mother tincture to 30 ml of brandy) to make the stock bottles that you see in the shops.

  • Remedy-making today

Nowadays there are many companies making the 38 remedies. Any well-made remedy will work as well as any other. Our advice is to pick a brand you trust.

  • Guide to few remedies: Here I share of few of my own experiences in using these flower remedies.

Walnut – useful to help one overcome the difficulty one faces during CHANGE—eg change of place, profession, change of life like puberty ,menopause ,teething troubles in children etc..

 

Concentration in studies : especially in children to improve their concentration I generally prescribe  Scleranthus and Chestnut bud. Chestnut bud especially when children make a lot of silly mistakes again and again.

 

For Fears – fear of known eg. Fear of darkness,theif,animals etc   given Mimulus .But for extreme fear or Terror  eg. Terror of bombing ,floods,panic give Rock Rose.

 

I have given Crab apple with a lot of beneficial effects   in many cases of skin infections like pimples, unhealthy skin  ,dermatitis .

For a Possesiveness and self love ,Chicory can be given.The Chicory type tends to be possessive of others and would keep them close to her and try to control or direct their lives.’ Think what I have gone through for you, what I have done for you’  would be typical line.

Holly for hatred, anger envy,jealousy and suspicion.

Larch for lack of confidency in self and hence expectation of failure

Star of Bethlehem is a another remedy widely used by me , in after effects of shock –both mental or physical.eg. sudden  sad news, frights,  sudden unhappiness..

 

This is just a glimpse of few remedies which have helped me in my practice. Such and many others are there to help the sick individual.For further reference , one can read – Beginner’s Guide Bach Flower Remedies— by Dr.V.Krishnamoorty.

 

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Cholesterol Reducing Drugs

Cholesterol  Reducing  Drugs

Cholesterol Reducing Drugs

In continuation with my previous article ‘FACTS ABOUT CHOLESTEROL’, let us now know more about the medication used for reducing the cholesterol levels.

The first line of treatment for abnormal cholesterol is usually to eat a diet low in saturated and trans fats, and high in fruits and vegetables, nuts, and seeds, and to increase exercise. But for some, these changes alone are not enough to lower blood cholesterol levels; they also may need medicine to bring down their cholesterol to a safe level.

Conventional medicine  which act as Cholesterol-lowering drugs include:

  • Statins
  • Niacin
  • Bile-acid resins
  • Fibric acid derivatives
  • Cholesterol absorption inhibitors

Cholesterol-lowering medicine is most effective when combined with a healthy diet and exercise.

1.   How Do Statins Work?

Statins block the production of cholesterol in the liver itself. They lower LDL, the “bad” cholesterol, and triglycerides, and have a mild effect in raising HDL, the “good” cholesterol. These drugs are the first line of treatment for most people with high cholesterol. Statins have been shown in multiple research studies to reduce the risk of cardiovascular events like heart attacks and death from heart disease. Side effects can include intestinal problems, liver damage, and muscle inflammation.

Statins also carry warnings that memory loss, mental confusion, high blood sugar, and type 2 diabetes are possible side effects. It’s important to remember that statins may also interact with other medications you take.

Patients who are pregnant or who have active or chronic liver disease should not take statins.

Examples of statins include:

  • Atorvastatin (Lipitor)
  • Fluvastatin (Lescol)
  • Lovastatin (Mevacor)
  • Pravastatin (Pravachol)
  • Rosuvastatin (Crestor)
  • Simvastatin (Zocor)

 

Statin Drugs: A Surprising Cause of Diabetes

Statins have been shown to increase your risk of diabetes through a few different mechanisms. The most important one is that they increase insulin resistance, which can be extremely harmful to your health. Increased insulin resistance contributes to chronic inflammation in your body, and inflammation is the hallmark of most diseases. In fact, increased insulin resistance can lead to heart disease, which, ironically, is the primary reason for taking a cholesterol-reducing drug in the first place! It can also promote belly fat, high blood pressure, heart attacks, chronic fatigue, thyroid disruption, and diseases like Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and cancer.

Secondly, statins increase your diabetes risk by actually raising your blood sugar. When you eat a meal that contains starches and sugar, some of the excess sugar goes to your liver, which then stores it away as cholesterol and triglycerides. Statins work by preventing your liver from making cholesterol. As a result, your liver returns the sugar to your bloodstream, which raises your blood sugar levels.

Now, it’s important to realize that drug-induced diabetes and genuine type 2 diabetes are not necessarily identical.

If you’re on a statin drug and find that your blood glucose is elevated, it’s possible that what you have is just hyperglycemia—a side effect, and the result of your medication. Unfortunately, many doctors will at that point mistakenly diagnose you with “type 2 diabetes,” and possibly prescribe another drug, when all you may need to do is simply discontinue the statin in order for your blood glucose levels to revert back to normal.

 

If You Take Statins, You MUST Take CoQ10

Statins deplete your body of CoQ10, which can have devastating results. If you take statin drugs without taking CoQ10, your health is at serious risk. CoQ10 is a cofactor (co-enzyme) that is essential for the creation of ATP molecules, which you need for cellular energy production. Organs such as your heart have higher energy requirements, and therefore require more CoQ10 to function properly. Produced mainly in your liver, it also plays a role in maintaining blood glucose.

Physicians rarely inform people of this risk and only occasionally advise them to take a CoQ10 supplement. As your body gets more and more depleted of CoQ10, you may suffer from fatigue, muscle weakness and soreness, and eventually heart failure.

Coenzyme Q10 is also very important in the process of neutralizing free radicals. So when your CoQ10 is depleted, you enter a vicious cycle of increased free radicals, loss of cellular energy, and damaged mitochondrial DNA. If you decide to take a CoQ10 supplement and are over the age of 40, it is important to choose the reduced version, called ubiquinol.

      Statins Impair Numerous Biological Functions

Statins do reduce your body’s natural ability to create active vitamin D (1,25-dihydroxycholecalciferol). This is the natural outcome of the drug’s cholesterol-reducing ability, because you need cholesterol to make vitamin D! It’s the raw material your body uses for vitamin D conversion after you’ve exposed your skin to sunlight.

 

Ninety-Nine Out of 100 People Do Not Need Statin Drugs

That these drugs have proliferated the market the way they have is a testimony to the power of marketing, corruption and corporate greed, because the odds are very high— greater than 100 to 1—that if you’re taking a statin, you don’t really need it. The ONLY subgroup that might benefit are those born with a genetic defect called familial hypercholesterolemia, as this makes them resistant to traditional measures of normalizing cholesterol.

And, even more importantly, cholesterol is NOT the cause of heart disease.

If your physician is urging you to check your total cholesterol, then you should know that this test will tell you virtually nothing about your risk of heart disease, unless it is 330 or higher. HDL percentage is a far more potent indicator for heart disease risk.

I have seen a number of people with total cholesterol levels over 250 who were actually at low risk for heart disease due to their elevated HDL levels. Conversely, I have seen many people with cholesterol levels under 200 who had a very high risk of heart disease, based on their low HDL. Your body NEEDS cholesterol—it is important in the production of cell membranes, hormones, vitamin D, and bile acids that help you to digest fat. Cholesterol also helps your brain form memories and is vital to your neurological function. There is also strong evidence that having too little cholesterol INCREASES your risk for cancer, memory loss, Parkinson’s disease, hormonal imbalances, stroke, depression, suicide, and violent behaviour.

2.       How Does Nicotinic Acid Work?

Nicotinic acid (niacin) is a B-complex vitamin. It’s found in food, but is also available at high doses by prescription. It lowers LDL cholesterol and raises HDL cholesterol. The main side effects are flushing, itching, tingling and headache. Research has not shown that adding nicotinic acid to statin therapy is associated with a lower risk of heart disease.

3.       How Do Bile Acid Resins Work?

These drugs work inside the intestine, where they bind to bile from the liver and prevent it from being reabsorbed into the circulatory system. Bile is made largely from cholesterol, so these drugs work by depleting the body’s supply of cholesterol. The most common side effects are constipation, gas and upset stomach. Examples of bile acid resins include:

  • Questran and Questran Light
  • Colestid
  • WelChol

4.       How Do Fibrates Work?

Fibrates reduce the production of triglycerides and can increase HDL cholesterol. Examples of fibrates include:

  • Atromid
  • Tricor
  • Lopid

Ezetimibe (Zetia) lowers bad LDL cholesterol by blocking cholesterol absorption in the intestine. Research studies have not found that ezetimibe is associated with a lower risk of heart disease.

Some people with high cholesterol, other cholesterol problems, or some other medical conditions, achieve the best results with combination drugs — pills that contain more than one medication. Some examples include:

Advicor: Lovastatin and niacin (nicotinic acid)

 

What Are the Side Effects of Cholesterol-Lowering Drugs?

The side effects of cholesterol-lowering drugs may include:

  • Muscle aches*
  • Abnormal liver function
  • Allergic reaction (skin rashes)
  • Heartburn
  • Dizziness
  • Abdominal pain
  • Constipation
  • Decreased sexual desire
  • Flushing with nicotinic acid

 

 “Doctors and the public must be warned to immediately discontinue use of statin drugs at the onset of muscle pain, muscle tenderness, muscle weakness or tiredness.”

“Prompt cessation of the use of statins at the first sign of muscle pain, muscle tenderness, muscle weakness or tiredness and prompt evaluation by a physician including a blood test for creatine phosphokinase (a measure of muscle destruction) may avoid the progression to more extensive muscle damage, rhabdomyolysis and death.”

 

Lesser known Facts about CHOLESTROL

Present in every cell in the body, cholesterol is a fat-like substance produced by the liver. The body produces cholesterol as it is needed.  In fact, approximately 85% of cholesterol is produced by the body and only 15% comes from food.

Cholesterol levels in our blood can vary at different times of the day. People tend to have higher levels of cholesterol in the winter than summer. The level of cholesterol  rises high  after surgery and dental work. It also goes up when we’re under stress and diminishes when we are happy and relaxed. The reason for the fluctuations is that cholesterol is a healing agent. When the body has some healing jobs to do, it produces cholesterol and sends it to the site of the damage.

One of the biggest causes of high levels of LDL cholesterol is general stress. Our stress hormones are made of cholesterol. When we experience stress, the liver sends cholesterol to the adrenal glands for stress hormone production. At the same time, a storm of free radicals and other damaging biochemical reactions occur in the blood. As a result, the liver works overtime to produce and send out as much cholesterol as possible to deal with the free radical attack. In these situations our blood cholesterol will measure high, which means that the body is dealing with some kind of damage or stress. Once the damage is dealt with, the blood cholesterol will diminish naturally. In cases of chronic illness the blood cholesterol is constantly high. Rather than attacking the cholesterol, what your doctor should do is look for the underlying illness or the cause of the cholesterol problem.

REGULATING CHOLESTEROL WITH HOMEOPATHY

Homeopathic treatment can help reduce the LDL cholesterol and increase HDL cholesterol by helping the body to heal the underlying illness. When the organism is healthy and balanced, the liver stops producing high levels of LDL because there is no longer healing work to be done.

Chronically high levels of LDL cholesterol in the blood are indicative of an underlying health problem that needs to be addressed. Consider homeopathic treatment in maintaining a happy, healthy lifestyle and optimum levels of blood cholesterol.

Leading Remedies in Homeopathy

  • Curcuma drains the liver and cholesterol deposits.
  • Fel tauri is an effective remedy in the treatment of high blood cholesterol. It treats a sluggish liver. It eliminates fat.
  • Nux vomica removes liver toxicity. It treats indigestion caused by alcohol or food abuse. The patient awakes at 3 a.m.
  • Chelidonium treats hepatic disorders. Recommended for fatty liver degeneration.
  • Berberis is an excellent stimulant and drainer for the kidneys.  The patient leads a sedentary lifestyle and has a big appetite.
  • Cholesterinum stops the degeneration of arterial walls. It treats an enlarged liver and gallstone colic.
  • Arsenicum album is indicated for insomnia after a big meal. The person wakes up between 3 and 5 a.m., feels drowsy during the day.
  • Uranium nitricum treats high cholesterol with diabetes.
  • CRATEAGUS OXYACANTHA : cardiac tonic especially for Artherosclerosis. Have a solvent power on deposits in the arteries, Urine diabetes.If you know that you started to have clogged arteries you can start to take Crataegus-mother tincture-15 drops/3times/daily for more than 3 months. Have a solvent power upon crustaceous and calcareous deposits in arteries.
  • ADONIS VERNALIS : This homeopathic remedy is chosen if the muscles of the heart are in the stage of fatty degeneration, regulates the pulse and increase the power of contractions of the heart, with increase urinary secretions.
  • PHOSPHORUS :

This homeopathy remedy is chosen for cholesterol associated with nervous symptoms. Remedy for destructive metabolism, yellow atrophy of the liver and sub-acute hepatitis. Blood extravasations; fatty degenerations, cirrhosis, caries, are pathological states often calling for Phosphorus.

Liver Drainage Remedies

  • Carduus marianus
  • Taraxacum

Natural Supplements for High Blood Cholesterol

  • Coenzyme Q10 improves heart function.
  • Lecithin helps lower high cholesterol.
  • Vitamin E prevents the formation of blood clots.
  • Red rice yeast reduces the amount of cholesterol.
  • Soy protein helps lower bad fats in the bloodstream.
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Homoeopathic medicines for Somniloquy

Homoeopathic medicines for Somniloquy

Somniloquy

We have heard  commonly about sleep walking which is Somnabulism, but less has been know about ‘Talking in Sleep’—known as Somniloquy. It’s a type of parasomnia — an abnormal behavior that takes place during sleep. It’s a very common occurrence and is not usually considered a medical problem.

The nighttime chatter may be harmless, or could be more . Sometimes, listeners find the content offensive or vulgar. Sleep talkers normally speak for no more than 30 seconds per episode, but some people, sleep talk many times during a night.

This talk in sleep , may be exceptionally eloquent, or the words may be mumbled and hard to decipher. Sleep talking may involve simple sounds or long, involved speeches. Sleep talkers usually seem to be talking to themselves. But sometimes, they appear to carry on conversations with others. They may whisper, or they might shout. If you share a bedroom with someone who talks in his or her sleep, you might not be getting enough sound sleep.

Who talks in their sleep?

Many people talk in their sleep. Half of all kids between the ages of 3 and 10 years old carry on conversations while asleep, and a small number of adults — about 5% — keep chit-chatting after they go to bed. The utterances can take place occasionally or every night. A 2004 poll showed that more than 1 in 10 young children converse in their sleep more than a few nights a week.

Girls talk in their sleep as much as boys. And experts think that sleep talking may run in families.

What causes sleep talking?

You might think that sleep talking occurs during dreaming. But scientists still are not sure if such chatter is linked to nighttime reveries. The talking can occur in any stage of sleep.

Sleep talking usually occurs by itself and is most often harmless. However, in some cases, it might be a sign of a more serious sleep disorder or health condition.

REM sleep behavior disorder (RBD) and sleep terrors are two types of sleep disorders that cause some people to shout during sleep. Sleep terrors, also called night terrors, usually involve frightening screams, thrashing, and kicking. It’s hard to wake someone having a sleep terror. Children with sleep terrors usually sleep talk and sleepwalk.People with RBD yell, shout, grunt, and act out their dreams, often violently.

Sleep talking can also occur with sleepwalking and nocturnal sleep-related eating disorder (NS-RED), a condition in which a person eats while asleep.

Other things that can cause sleep talking include:

  • Certain medications
  • Emotional stress
  • Fever
  • Mental health disorder
  • Substance abuse

How is talking in your sleep treated?

There are no tests needed to diagnose sleep talking. However, your doctor may order tests, such as a sleep study or sleep recording (polysomnogram), if you have signs of another sleep disorder.

Sleep talking rarely requires treatment. However, severe sleep talking may be the result of another more serious sleep disorder or medical condition, which can be treated.

Homoeopathic medicines are of good help in such a condition .Apart from having no side effects, it takes care of the cause of sleep talking.

Few Homoeopathic medicines for Sleep talking are:

  1. Pulsatilla – chattering in sleep.
  2. Belladonna – restless, crying out in sleep. Kept awake by the pulsations of the blood vessels. Screams out in sleep.< any touch , movemen, jerk, noise.
  3.  Baryta Carb– talking in sleep commonly in Old men .Twitching during sleep ,awakens frequently.
  4. Kali carbonicum-Drowsy after eating .Wakes up about 2 a.m and then cannot sleep. Light sleeper, wakes up with the slightest noise
  5. Nux vomica-  Talks in sleep …. Ailments from too much of mental work ,mental strain, overstudy, drug abuse, over use of stimulants like tea, coffee, alcohol. The modern life style ,so to say !

Talks loudly in Sleep – Nux moschata , Sepia  and Sulphur.

 

 How can someone reduce his or her amount of sleep talking?

There is no known way to reduce sleep talking. Avoiding stress and getting plenty of sleep might make you less likely to talk in your sleep.

Keeping a sleep diary can help identify your sleep patterns and may help your doctor find out if an underlying problem is causing your sleep talking. Keep a sleep diary for two weeks. Note the times you go to bed, when you think you fell asleep, and when you woke up. Also make a mention of any medicine or alcohol or drugs consumed.

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Get the Facts about Cholesterol

Get the Facts about Cholesterol

Get the facts about Cholesterol

The other the day I had organized a camp along with one of the reputed  labs at my clinic  .The camp offered  important blood investigations like Lipid profile, liver markers, kidney functions, blood sugar levels , vitamin b12 etc..  for a  much affordable price ….and (hence) not surprisingly, I had a very good response. As I went through the reports of each of these patients, I saw there was a lot of curiosity in the patients regarding  the lipid profile or the cholesterol values…. and so many were already on conventional medicines  having  accepted the side effects of the same. There were common questions asked like what are Triglycerides, LDL, HDL..,?  What is the cause of the rise in these values especially when I don’t even have junk food or processed foo d…etc.. When I am not even overweight? What should I eat? What should I not eat?  etc…

I realised that LIPIDS  /Cholesterol  has lots of facets to it .Apart from the values, understanding it in totality is what is required  .Like there is no point being happy if a person is highly obese ,lets say weighing more than 100kgs and his reports show normal triglycerides.!!! And that is what we have to take care.. Normal reports does not mean that one is not prone for the risks or complications and that is what precisely I want to put across..

Hence it is important to understand CHOLESTEROL in a collective manner.

 CHOLESTEROL  (chole in Greek means bile and stereos means solid, stiff) , in most simple terms  means ‘Fat/Lipid’ produced in the liver and the normal levels of which help in the proper functioning of the body. The Cholesterol is carried in the blood by molecules called lipoproteins containing lipid(fat) and protein.

They are of 3types :

•             LDL– referred as bad cholesterol,

•             HDL referred as good cholesterol and

•             Triglycerides – these are the chemical forms in which most fat exists in the body, as well as in food. They are present in blood plasma. Triglycerides, in association with cholesterol, form the plasma lipids (blood fat).

Triglycerides in plasma originate either from fats in our food, or are made in the body from other energy sources, such as carbohydrates. Calories we consume, are not used immediately by our tissues are converted into triglycerides and stored in fat cells. When your body needs energy and there is no food as an energy source, triglycerides will be released from fat cells and used as energy.

Functions of Cholestrol :

It is essential for production of  sex hormones(androgens and estrogens)

Converts sunshine to Vitamin D,

Aids in the production of bile salts that help in digesting fat.

 

So, “NOT ALL FAT  IS BAD”.

 

Healthier Fats :  include monounsaturated fats(MUFA)  and polyunsaturated fats (PUFA).

MUFA is found in paenuts, olives,almonds ,peanut oil and also rice bran oil. PUFA contain omega-3(present in walnuts, flax seeds, fish and fish oils) and omega-6(found in sunflower, safflower (kardi) and soy bean oils) . These fats reduce the ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol in your blood and increase the ‘good’ HDL cholesterol. This helps to lower your risk of getting heart disease.

Unhealthy fats  

Unhealthy fats include saturated fats and Trans fats. Too much saturated and trans fat contributes to the build up of fatty material, called plaque, on the inside of your blood vessels (ARTHEROSCLEROSIS) and also causes hardening of the arteries and is a major cause of heart disease, obesity, blood pressure etc. These fats can increase LDL cholesterol in our blood that leads to the plaque. Lowering saturated fat in the diet will help to lower LDL cholesterol. So cut down on processed food, ready to cook food, junk food pizzas ,burgers, fries,  re fried items ,biscuits .Transfats are commonly used by restaurants, fast food chains. Always see the trans fat value in any food product .

Now, sometimes we see, inspite of maintaining a healthy lifestyle the cholesterol levels are high.

So, there has to be something more that can cause the rise in Cholesterol values .What causes high cholesterol?

  1. Lifestyle causes
  • Nutrition –as above mentioned
  • Sedentary lifestyle – people who do not exercise and spend most of their time sitting/lying down have significantly higher levels of LDL (bad cholesterol) and lower levels of HDL (good cholesterol).
  • Obesity– people who are overweight/obese are much more likely to have higher LDL levels and lower HDL levels, compared to those who are of normal weight.
  • Smoking – this can have quite a considerable effect on LDL levels.
  • Alcohol – people who consume too much alcohol regularly, generally have much higher levels of LDL and much lower levels of HDL, compared to people who abstain or those who drink in moderation .

 

  • 2.Treatable medical conditions: These medical conditions are known to cause LDL levels to rise. They are all conditions which can be controlled medically (with the help of your doctor, they do not need to be contributory factors):
  • Diabetes.
  • High blood pressure (hypertension).
  • High levels of triglycerides.
  • Kidney diseases.
  • Liver diseases.
  • Under-active thyroid gland.

 

  • 3.Risk factors which cannot be treated:
  • Genes – people with close family members who have had either coronary heart disease or stroke have a greater risk of high blood cholesterol levels.
  •  Gender-Men have a greater chance of having high blood cholesterol levels than women.
  • Age – as you get older your chances of developing atherosclerosis increase.
  • Early menopause
  • Certain ethnic groups – people from the Indian sub-continent (Pakistan, Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka) are more susceptible to having higher cholesterol levels, compared to other people.

 

Cholesterol is tested  by taking a fasting (9-12hrs fasting without any food, liquids or pills ) blood sample . It gives information about total cholesterol, LDL (bad) cholesterol, HDL (good) cholesterol and triglycerides.

Desirable/Normal Borderline High
Total cholesterol Less than 200mg/dl 200-239mg/dl 240mg/dl and above
LDL Upto  130mg/dl 130-159mg/dl 160-190mg/dl
HDL 60mg/dl and above is protective against heart disease Less than 40mg/dl(Men)  and less than 50 (Women)
Triglycerides Upto 150mg/dl 150-199mg/dl 200-499mg/dl

 

The next question arises, then what should I eat …HOW TO EAT FAT ??

  • For a lean, toned healthy body with a shiny skin and  lustrous hair ,eat wisely. Eat atleast 3meals.Its not enough to eat food cooked in oil. Include nuts, flax seeds, cheese or any dairy product in your  diet. They can often make up a minimeal by itself.
  • Use oil as cooking medium – preferably different kinds of oil.
  • Myth about Ghee : Now Ghee is basically clarified butter obtained after milk is taken through a process of curdling and heating .Ghee has a short chain fatty acids .These are easy to digest and promote good health. As a general rule, animal fats are  tough on the body ,while the ones found in dairy products are easily absorbed.
  • To have an anti ageing  face, firstly work at keeping your body weight to optimum. Also include healthy fats like nuts(walnuts, almonds, peanuts), paneer, fish, ghee. Including healthy fats provides your facial skin with moisture and also keeps your skin away from wrinkling.
  • Limit deep fried stuff – Deep  fried at home  is better than outside, as at home, the oil is not reused and the soda and excess salt is missing .Eat immediately after frying and ya, if you think that removing the oil of these snacks using tissue paper or napkin will help, then it is not TRUE !!It does not remove any oil…so limit deepfrying – say to once a month.

I think , I have been able to give you some understanding about FATS OR CHOLESTROL .The  side effects of few drugs on cholesterol , and the side effects of cholesterol lowering drugs shall be mentioned in my next article.

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