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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Arterial Disease Factors

Here is a partial list of things that can initiate and propagate vascular disease:

  • Excess LDL
  • Excess Insulin
  • High Glucose
  • Nitric oxide deficit
  • Insufficient vitamin D
  • Low vitamin K
  • Excess triglycerides
  • Low free testosterone
  • Excess homocysteine
  • Hypertension
  • High cholesterol

What can be one about it?

The best approach is a multi-faceted approach involving diet, exercise (including aerobics and weight bearing exercises) and stretching. In addition one has to do some homework and decide what supplements to take.

A good place to start is with a complete blood lipid profile test including tests for testosterone levels, iodine levels, and if you can afford it or your insurance pays for it a "hair analysis" to determine any mineral deficiencies.

IF you are overweight, the best exercise is called the "Push Away" exercise. You perform this by eating one serving of each food group at a meal and then when dessert is brought on, you PUSH AWAY from the table. In simple terms, EAT less and be more selective. Eat more vegetables whether raw or cooked or in a green smoothie (OR ALL THREE). Be sure to eat a wide variety of veggies every day. Also include some fruit such as apples, oranges, bananas, pears, kiwi, red seedless grapes etc. in your diet. I would also learn how to steam green beans, kale and broccoli as a side dish. Make sure you are getting plenty of FIBER to slow down the conversion of carbohydrates and starch into sugar, thus helping to avoid after meal glucose spikes.

The best source of fiber I have found (FOR ME) is finely ground flax seed in my morning oatmeal, and eating more low calorie beans such as Lima beans, navy beans, black eye peas, green beans, baked beans etc. Try to include fiber rich foods with every meal. Let your green smoothies concentrate on celery (for lowering blood pressure) along with an apple or pear or naval orange and some green leafy vegetables such as romaine lettuce, kale, baby spinach, cucumbers, avocados, mangoes, red seedless grapes etc. If I have it on hand, I like to add a table spoon of Barley Powder or one of the many green super food mixes into the smoothie for extra benefit.

I take a full spectrum multi vitamin along with several other specific supplements. Among those I take a product called "CHOLESLO" which has lowered my triglycerides by 43% in just 71 days after starting on it. It is a natural product and NOT a drug and thus far no known or reported side effects. I have a separate blog post or two on this product alone along with my blood lipid profile numbers.

I am also looking hard at a supplement containing Transglucosidase enzyme which slows down the conversion of starchy foods into sugar thus reducing after meal spikes. I have a prior post all about how this enzyme works and where to buy it.

You also need to look at pycogenol, olive leaf extract, magnesium (preferable magnesium-L-Threonate), Co-enzyme Q10, 5000 IU of vitamin D3, fish or krill oil, Milk Thistle for your liver, Taurine capsules, vitamin C, calcium.

Around 75% of the population is believed to be deficient in magnesium alone. A good source for vitamin/mineral/herbal supplements is Puritan pride and also Swanson health products. I have ordered from BOTH

Disclaimer: I have no arrangement formal or informal with Puritan Pride or Swanson and derive NO remuneration from either. I also have NO formal training or education in the medical field. I am just a guy with type 2 Diabetes trying to beat the odds and I do a lot of research in that regard.

I have several posts on what supplements I take and why and if you look under the labels column it will help you find those posts.


Psalm 103:2,3,5

Bless the LORD, O my soul,
And forget not all His benefits:
Who forgives all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases,
Who satisfies your mouth with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are."- Theodore Roosevelt

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