Sunday, 16 June 2013

Type 2 Diabetes - HDL Cholesterol and Diabetes

High-density lipoprotein, abbreviated HDL, the "good" kind of cholesterol, is thought to stimulate the pancreas to release insulin and reduce blood sugar levels. According to an article published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism in May, 2013, researchers have found a likely connection between maintaining high HDL and avoiding the development of Type 2 diabetes.

The PREVEND Study, in the Netherlands, is concerned with the prevention of renal and vascular end-stage disease. By preventing Type 2 diabetes, PREVEND hopes to reduce the incidence of diabetic kidney disease. Over six thousand individuals without diabetes were followed for over seven years. By the end of the study...
  • 394 new cases of Type 2 diabetes were seen.
The risk of developing Type 2 diabetes were highest in participants with the lowest HDL levels, and the risk went down with increasing HDL levels.

From these results it was concluded that high HDL cholesterol is associated with a low risk of developing

Type 2 diabetes.
A desirable level for HDL is 60 mg/dL (1.6 mmol/L). Besides its possible role in preventing Type 2 diabetes, HDL can prevent heart attacks and strokes. It cleanses the blood vessels of cholesterol plaques, opening them for healthy blood flow and making them less susceptible to aneurysms and clots. When the coronary arteries, which feed the heart muscle, are open they are able to feed the heart the oxygen and nutrients it needs to function. Clean blood vessels are healthy blood vessels, which are able to repair any outpouchings, or aneurysms, before they have grown large enough to cause damage.
According to the Mayo Clinic in the United States:
  • quitting smoking can increase HDL as much as 10 percent.
  • for overweight and obese individuals, losing 6 pounds of fat can increase HDL by as much as 1 mg/dL.
Aerobic exercise is another way to increase HDL. Thirty minutes a day, five days a week, of moving briskly enough to quicken your pulse and breathing can increase your HDL as much as 5 percent in two months.
  • swimming,
  • running,
  • riding a bicycle,
  • playing tennis, and
  • square dancing
are all good examples of aerobic exercises.

Omega-3 fatty acids, found in nuts, soybeans, algae, and other foods can also help boost your HDL levels. A daily requirement for omega-3 fatty acids has not yet been established.

Unsaturated fats in the diet can also help increase HDL levels. Polyunsaturated fats are the ones that become liquid at room temperature. Olive, peanut, and canola oil are good examples. A healthful diet should be composed of no more than 44 to 78 grams of fat per day.

Type 2 diabetes is not a condition you must just live with. By making easy changes to your daily routine, its possible to protect your heart, kidneys, eyes and limbs from the damage often caused by diabetes, and eliminate some of the complications you may already experience.

For nearly 25 years Beverleigh Piepers has searched for and found a number of secrets to help you build a healthy body.

The answer isn't in the endless volumes of available information but in yourself.

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