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Thursday, September 02, 2010

Here are my latest cholesterol readings: So what do they mean?

"Hi Gary,

I went to the doctor today and got a print out of my last cholesterol readings.

Total cholesterol: 6.7 mmol/l
HDL cholesterol: 3.3 mmol/l
LDL cholesterol: 2.9 mmol/l
Triglyceride: 1.0 mmol/l
Total/HDL ratio: 2.0

This was done Aug 09 and I was on my medication at the time.

The good news is I have persuaded my doctor to let me stop taking my cholesterol medication for the next 3 months and then I will do another test."

Low in just about everything and plenty of drivers for unhealthy cholesterol!
(This article and chart is published with permission of the person concerned)

The first thing we can conclude with the information above is the statin medication is not being all that effective in lowering her cholesterol.  Healthy cholesterol is probably somewhere between 4.0 and 5.5.  6.7 is on the high side.  In my opinion, less than 4.0 is unhealthy.

So what are the underlying biochemical drivers behind her elevated cholesterol levels?  Well, there are several and each needs to be addressed for there to be a healthy cholesterol profile without having to resort to drugs that do more harm than good.  Please refer to the Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA) Chart for this 49 year old woman.

Low Copper
Copper is used in the enzyme processes within the liver to regulate the manufacture of cholesterol.  When deficient, cholesterol levels will soar.

Low Copper to Zinc ratio
When copper is out of balance to zinc, the ratio of HDL to LDL cholesterol will be disturbed; although it is suspected she is actually very low in zinc - (refer below).

Low Zinc
The high levels of Zinc in the hair are due to excess loss of this essential trace mineral  via hair cells.  Low Copper and even lower Zinc will result in disturbances in cholesterol production, including HDL/LDL ratios.

Chromium deficiency
Because she is highly deficient in Molybdenum, there will be an abnormality in Zinc metabolism.  We would normally confirm this using a Zinc taste test.

Low Manganese
This trace mineral is involved in cholesterol synthesis.

Presence of Mercury
Even tiny amounts of mercury can seriously interfere with the bioavailability of many trace nutrients, principally Zinc, Selenium and Iron.  This can have a highly detrimental effect on many essential functions within the body including cholesterol synthesis.

High cholesterol is not necessarily unhealthy on its own.  There have to other things going on inside the body that lead to deposition of cholesterol on the arterial walls; such as calcification of arteries, inflammation and weak or irregular contraction of the heart muscle.  Referring to the HTMA Chart above these include:

Elevated Calcium relative to Magnesium
Even slightly elevated Calcium to Magnesium will result in a gradual deposition of calcium in soft tissues, including the arteries.  This may eventually lead to arterosclerosis, dementia, heart attack and stroke.

Low Potassium
This is associated with cardiac irregularity.

Low Sodium
Healthy sodium levels are essential for healthy, stable blood pressure.

Low Iron
This is associated with heart palpitations and neurotransmitter disturbances.

Low Selenium
This is associated with chronic inflammatory conditions, cardiomyopathy and anaemia.

Quick fix measures, such as prescribing a drug or two are not the solution and doomed to failure from the very beginning because they do not correct the underlying causes.

All of the nutritional elements need to be brought into line and any toxic elements eliminated.  This is gradually achieved by changes in diet and carefully measured supplementing of trace nutrients.  The process does not happen overnight and typically takes several months and much discipline and patience.

Body heal thyself

I will soon be publishing the story of one of my clients who stopped taking statin drugs a year ago and has since lost about 18kg weight and reduced his cholesterol from about 7.0 to a healthy 4.5. All through diet and trace nutrient supplements.   Keep a watch out for it.

It will be most interesting to repeat "M's" blood cholesterol in three months from now, won't it?

If you want to get your own HTMA analysis done, please go here for more information.

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