Food as Medicine - Part I Cholesterol Treatment

Food as Medicine – Part I - Cholesterol Treatment

 

Hippocrates said,   “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”

While that sounds easy, often times it is not. Personal schedules don’t allow for preparing three meals and two snacks per day….add to that the time to shop for all the needed ingredients at the local supermarket. Furthermore, genetic characteristics often keep patients from being able to solve their problems through diet and exercise alone.

Sometimes medications fall short in achieving the desired result or the side effects are unacceptable.   Supplements have proven to be effective; however unless you are a research scientist or health care provider, it’s difficult to determine which supplement(s) are appropriate and what dosage.

Let’s take a moment to focus on cholesterol problems.

 

Start with understanding your particular issues through effective measurement

Total Cholesterol, LDL, and HDL- A High Level View

Traditional cholesterol blood work typically only looks at your total cholesterol count plus LDL, HDL and triglycerides. While these numbers are important, there’s much more to know and this cursory view falls short in creating a patient’s specific treatment plan.

Comprehensive Cholesterol Analysis

The cholesterol story has several chapters and each patient is unique in his/her genetic makeup, diet, and exercise.  A comprehensive analysis allows us to understand how all of that is working for you…..or against you, and then determine your true risk for cardiovascular disease and your specific treatment plan.
 
Thorough analysis includes a wide range of markers such as measuring total quantity of LDL particles, number of small LDL particles, the average size of the LDL particles, and more.  Fortunately, advancements in blood laboratory testing allow us to complete this type of analysis.  At Innovative Healthcare we utilize some of the most advanced diagnostic testing labs such as True Health Diagnostics and Vibrant America to complete your detailed cholesterol analysis.  Most insurance is accepted by these companies so it is worth talking to Karen about your cholesterol concerns.
 

Treatment

Medications

Sometimes medications are useful. Thorough testing can tell us which, if any, medications will be beneficial to you.

Medical Foods for Cholesterol

We have several medical foods available to provide support for specific diseases or conditions.
UltraMeal Cardio 360 is one such medical food that provides nutritional management for abnormal cholesterol. It has phytosterols clinically shown to lower LDL and reduce the absorption of dietary cholesterol in the intestine. “Because phytosterols are structurally similar to the body's cholesterol, when they are consumed they compete with cholesterol for absorption in the digestive system,” according to researchers at Cleveland Clinic.
 
While you’re making a very tasty smoothie once or twice a day with this supplement, you are actually taking medicine. Note: all supplements should be used under the supervision and/or advice of our staff.
If you have high cholesterol or worried that you might, get tested as soon as possible to see if a medical food like UltraMeal Cardio 360 is right for you!
Author
Karen

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