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Four Additional Risk Factors for Heart Disease
You’ll notice that none of these involve your cholesterol levels …
Your fasting insulin level: Any meal or snack high in carbohydrates
like fructose and refined grains generates a rapid rise in blood glucose and
then insulin to compensate for the rise in blood sugar. The insulin released
from eating too many carbs promotes fat and makes it more difficult for your
body to shed excess weight, and excess fat, particularly around your belly,
this is one of the major contributors to heart disease.
Your fasting insulin level can be determined by a simple, inexpensive
blood test. A normal fasting blood insulin level is below 5, but ideally
you'll want it below 3. If your insulin level is higher than 3 to 5, the most
effective way to optimize it is to reduce or eliminate all forms of dietary
sugar, particularly fructose, from your diet.
Your fasting blood sugar level: Studies have shown that people with a
fasting blood sugar level of 100-125 mg/dl had a nearly 300 percent higher
risk of having coronary heart disease than people with a level below 79
Your waist circumference: Visceral fat, the type of fat that collects
around your internal organs, is a well-recognized risk factor for heart
disease. The simplest way to evaluate your risk here is by simply measuring
your waist circumference. For further instructions, please see my previous
article, Your Waist Size Can Be a Powerful Predictor of Hypertension and
Other Chronic Diseases.
Your iron level: Iron can be a very potent cause of oxidative stress,
so if you have excess iron levels you can damage your blood vessels and
increase your risk of heart disease. Ideally, you should monitor your
ferritin levels and make sure they are not much above 80 ng/ml. The simplest
way to lower them if they are elevated is to donate your blood. If that is
not possible you can have a therapeutic phlebotomy and that will effectively
eliminate the excess iron from your body.
Diet Can Reduce Your Risk of Heart Attacks Better Than Statins
According to Dr. Barbara Roberts, author of The Truth About Statins,
studies haven’t shown that statins are beneficial for women who do not have
heart disease, even if they have risk factors like obesity or family
history.5 Yet, a recent study found heart attacks were reduced by 30 percent
among people eating a Mediterranean diet!6
The healthy eating proved to be just as beneficial, if not more so, than
statin drugs claim to be. While I don’t recommend a Mediterranean diet, per
se, a healthy diet, like the one described in my nutrition plan, is the
cornerstone of any heart-protection “plan.” If you want to protect your heart
health, I recommend reducing, with the plan of eliminating, grains and sugars
(including fructose) in your diet, replacing them with mostly whole, fresh
vegetable carbs and healthy fats. Also try to consume a good portion of your
To round out your heart-disease prevention program:
Make sure you are getting enough high-quality, animal-based omega 3
fats, such as krill oil.
Optimize your vitamin D levels, ideally through appropriate sun
exposure as this will allow your body to also create vitamin D sulfate, which
may play a crucial role in preventing the formation of arterial plaque
Exercise daily, especially with Peak Fitness exercises
Avoid smoking or drinking alcohol excessively
Be sure to get plenty of good, restorative sleep
Are You Taking a Statin Drug for No Reason?
That these drugs have proliferated the market the way they have is a
testimony to the effectiveness of direct-to-consumer marketing, corruption
and corporate greed, because the odds are very high — greater than 1000 to 1
— that if you're taking a statin, you don't really need it.
From my review, 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.
If you’re currently taking a statin drug and are worried about the
excessive side effects they cause, please consult with a knowledgeable health
care practitioner who can help you to optimize your heart health naturally,
without the use of these dangerous drugs.
Thank You By Dr. Mercola
God Bless Everyone & God Bless The United States of America.
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