How To Reduce Cholesterol Naturally

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This can help to reduce
cholesterol levels, research finds.
People who have a lower
response to stress also have lower levels of cholesterol, which is linked to
better health, research finds.
High cholesterol can lead to
heart disease and other health problems.
The study included 199
middle-aged men and women who were given a stress test and followed for three
years.
The results showed that those
who responded best to stress had a much lower risk of having clinically high
cholesterol.
Professor
Andrew Steptoe, the study’s first author, explained the variability in people’s
stress response:
“Some of the participants show
large increases even in the short term, while others show very little response.
The cholesterol responses that we measured in the lab probably reflect the way
people react to challenges in everyday life as well. So the larger cholesterol
responders to stress tasks will be large responders to emotional situations in
their lives. It is these responses in everyday life that accumulate to lead to
an increase in fasting cholesterol or lipid levels three years later. It
appears that a person’s reaction to stress is one mechanism through which
higher lipid levels may develop.”
The link between stress and
cholesterol is not fully understood.
However, it may be that stress
encourages the body to produce more energy; in response the liver has to
secrete more LDL, which carries cholesterol.
Stress may also inhibit the
body’s ability to clear lipids or encourage the inflammatory processes.
Professor
Steptoe continued:
“The levels are something to
be concerned about. It does give us an opportunity to know whose cholesterol
may rise in response to stress and give us warning for those who may be more at
risk for coronary heart disease.”
The study was published in the
journal Health Psychology (Steptoe & Brydon, 2005).
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Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.