Researchers at the Isfahan University of Medical Sciences in Iran found a link between high levels of LDL cholesterol or “bad” cholesterol and the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes. Their work was reported on in the journal Diabetes and Metabolic Syndrome in April of 2018.
Healthy close relatives, children, and siblings of people diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes aged 30 to 70 years not being treated with blood fat-lowering medications were examined for ten years. The ability to lower blood sugar levels after drinking sugar water was measured to diagnose the development of Type 2 diabetes. The risk of developing the condition increased by 22 percent in those with high-LDL compared to those with lower levels. The difference was seen regardless of the age, gender, fasting blood sugar levels, waist size, or blood pressure measurement.
Normal LDL cholesterol should be less than 100 mg/dL…
- from 100 to 129 mg/dL can cause concern in physicians when their patients have heart disease or risk factors for heart disease.
- levels between 130 and 159 mg/dL are even more worrisome.
- seeing LDL levels of 160 mg/dL or over will give your medical adviser a headache, and you will be given a lecture on improving your lifestyle.
So, what to do to lower LDL cholesterol? Vegan and vegetarian diets are often recommended for several reasons. Going meatless has several benefits – your health and maybe the environment. Vegan and vegetarian diets are commonly prescribed to help prevent and treat Type 2 diabetes. Indeed, they help to lower cholesterol as cholesterol is found in meat and dairy products. Eat more high-fiber foods, such as legumes (beans), oats, nuts fruits, and vegetables. Try pinto beans, black beans, and garbanzo beans.
Fruits lauded for their fiber content include…
- passion fruit,
- nectarines, and
Vegetables providing a good amount of fiber include…
- Brussels sprouts,
- okra, and
Now you are on the road to healthy eating, let us look at physical activity. Join a gym that has stationary bikes and televisions. Pedal right through a half-hour television show and you will hardly notice how fast the time goes by. Now shower and take a dip in the pool to cool off.
Take off the extra weight if you have any. The gym has access to at least one scale, so use it. Now calculate your kilogram of weight divided by your height in meters squared. This is your body mass index (BMI) and should not be over 25.