Category: heart disease

Metabolic syndrome

Metabolic syndrome is a very common condition that has ramifications of high cardiovascular risk. The objective findings are:metabolic syndrome

  • Triglyceride level of 150 milligrams per deciliter of blood (mg/dL) or greater
  • HDL cholesterol of less than 40 mg/dL in men or less than 50 mg/dL in women
  • Systolic blood pressure (top number) of 130 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg) or greater
  • Diastolic blood pressure (bottom number) of 85 mm Hg or greater
  • Fasting glucose of 100 mg/dL or greater
  • Insulin resistance or glucose intolerance (the body can’t properly use insulin or blood sugar)

Having just one of these conditions doesn’t mean you have metabolic syndrome. However, any of these conditions increase your risk of serious disease. If more than one of these conditions occur in combination, your risk is even greater.

Metabolic syndrome is linked to your body’s metabolism, possibly to a condition called insulin resistance. Insulin is a hormone made by your pancreas that helps control the amount of sugar in your bloodstream.

Normally, your digestive system breaks down the foods you eat into sugar (glucose). Your blood carries the glucose to your body’s tissues, where the cells use it as fuel. Glucose enters your cells with the help of insulin. In people with insulin resistance, cells don’t respond normally to insulin, and glucose can’t enter the cells as easily. As a result, glucose levels in your blood rise despite your body’s attempt to control the glucose by churning out more and more insulin. The result is higher than normal levels of insulin in your blood. This can eventually lead to diabetes when your body is unable to make enough insulin to keep the blood glucose within the normal range.

Even if your levels aren’t high enough to be considered diabetes, an elevated glucose level can still be harmful. In fact, some doctors refer to this condition as “prediabetes.” Increased insulin resistance raises your triglyceride level and other blood fat levels. It also interferes with how your kidneys work, leading to higher blood pressure. These combined effects of insulin resistance put you at risk of heart disease, stroke, diabetes and other conditions.

Although metabolic syndrome is a serious condition, you can reduce your risks significantly by eating the right combination foods for your biochemical type and increasing your physical activity.

The L3W program will guide you through a healthier lifestyle.

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Sleep

Sleep.

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Adequate sleep is a key part of a healthy lifestyle, and can benefit your heart, weight, mind, and more.

Sleep isn’t exactly a time when your body and brain shut off. While you rest, your brain stays busy, overseeing a wide variety of biological maintenance that keeps your body running in top condition, preparing you for the day ahead.

Your sleep schedule, bedtime habits, and day-to-day lifestyle choices can make an enormous difference to the quality of your nightly rest. Everyone should get a minimum of 8 hours of sleep. The first four hours are responsible for body recovery; the last four hours are responsible for mental recovery. You should eat at least 2 hours before sleep, the longer before bedtime, the better. If the person eats poorly for dinner or dessert, they will have sugar spikes and insulin surges, which will have the adrenal glands release cortisol through the night. The body will not get the restorative rest needed and you will wake up tired. The body will crave the caffeine and sugar first thing in the morning and then the whole process will start again.

Sleep is the biggest anti-inflammatory, that’s why the body feels more comfortable when is cooler in the room at night.

The health benefits of a good night’s sleep are: Memory and brain function improvement, more stamina and better performance, reduce stress and improve quality of life.

Some of the consequences of sleep deprivation can include: Decreased performance and alertness, memory and cognitive impairment, stress, occupational or automobile injury, heart disease, diabetes and psychiatric problems. It is also very hard to lose weight without restorative sleep.

The L3W program usually gets great results with sleep quality. It normally takes only 2-3 days to improve a patient’s sleep.

Exercise

Exercise and physical activity is the path to health and well-being.

exercisePatients can exercise 4-5 times per week. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday workout schedule is optimal. 1-1.5 hours of exercise is optimal.

Lose weight goal: keep the heart rate steady at a 60-65% of highest heart rate. Walking steady on a flat surface for 45-60 minutes straight is optimal. Try and keep the heart rate at 106-116 depending on age. Walk at 3.0-3.3 mph. Fat is the lowest source of energy, so with a low heart rate the body uses fat for energy. As the heart rate increases the body bypasses fat and uses muscle (glycogen) for energy. People think that excessive sweating is burning fat, but in reality sweating is the body cooling itself off and is water weight. The returns back to normal after eating and drinking.

Cardio goal: To strengthen the heart muscle and increase endurance the heart rate can get up to 70-80% of the heart rate. Try and do a 30 minute training session. Patients should only do hard cardio 3x per week maximum. Too much cardio exercise can cause adrenal fatigue. It is very common to get a flat line cortisol from excessive exercise. A flat line cortisol will cause insulin resistance, in which makes it very difficult to lose belly fat. The thyroid can be affected by excessive exercise, when the adrenal glands are stressed or not functioning optimally, the thyroid will not convert T4 into T3 properly (Thyroid Hormone). So the Master Gland (Thyroid) can be compromised, in which will affect the entire endocrine system. The excessive exercise can decrease Hormone production for males and females. Testosterone, progesterone, DHEA, and Estrogens are produced in the adrenal glands; the excessive exercise can decrease hormone production. Professional athletes have the tendency to have very low hormones when they reach the late 30’s and early 40’s. Excessive exercise can have a negative effect on the body!!!

New Cholesterol Testing (VAP)

New Cholesterol Testing (VAP)

Cholesterol5The Live Longer Live Well system (L3W) promotes the newest and most accurate diagnostic blood chemistry. The comprehensive blood chemistry shows you a snap shot of your body chemistry. We recommend the 42 different markers to generate the live longer live well (L3W) program. This gives the patient their Biochemical type and what organs and glands are not functioning properly and in priority.

There is a very detailed Cholesterol panel called the “VAP” panel. This panel shows the quality and size of the particles of the HDL, LDL and Triglyceride. The panel also tells if the patient has metabolic syndrome. The routine blood chemistry everyone is receiving consists of: total cholesterol, HDL (the amount), LDL (the amount), Triglyceride (the amount) and the ratio between HDL and LDL. Live Longer Live Well believes these markers are obsolete. It’s not the total number of the cholesterol particles, it is the quality of cholesterol.  Cholesterol is very important in brain, hormone and immune health. The bigger size cholesterol particles (HDL, Triglycerides, and LDL) are healthy, and the small dense particles are the inflammatory bad Cholesterol. The small particles wedge themselves in the lumen of the artery and cause an inflammatory response. This inflammatory response causes the body to promote plaguing and arteriosclerosis. Unhealthy fat causes the LDL to become a small dense particle and excessive sugar causes the HDL and Triglyceride to become a small dense particle.

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Eating for your biochemical type and taking the right supplements will increase the quality of your Cholesterol. L3W highly recommends patients over 45 or has family history of heart disease to get tested through L3W. The Live Longer Live Well cardiovascular program will also check a C-reactive protein (CRP). The body will produce this protein when inflammation occurs. This is the best indicator for inflammation in the arteries. Get cardiovascular program with a VAP test from a Live Longer Live Well provider. The patient will know exactly where they are and where they need to go to live a longer and healthy life.

Cholesterol

The Cholesterol Truth

It may surprise you to know that cholesterol itself isn’t bad. In fact, cholesterol is just one of the many substances created and used by our bodies to keep us healthy. Cholesterol is made up of 70% Cholic acid which breaks down and metabolizes fat for energy, and the other 30% produces most of our Hormones (Testosterone, Progesterone, Estrogen and DHEA). Cholesterol is essential for Brain health, Immune response and Hormonal stability. Most people think bad cholesterol only comes from eating fat. Healthy fat enhances the positive effects of cholesterol without causing the inflammatory bad ramifications of bad cholesterol. Excessive sugar in the blood stream goes to the liver which produces bad Triglycerides and HDL. Bad fat will cause an inflammatory response to cause a bad quality LDL.

High Cholesterol or fat does not cause plaguing or blockage in the arteries, Inflammation causes plaguing or blockage. Inflammation can be caused by numerous factors; atheroscTrans-fat intake, stress, genetics, sugar, insulin surges, toxins and a combination of bad lifestyle choices.

Live Longer Live Well (L3W) is in favor of eating high quality fats, and eating for your Biochemical Type. Eating for your Biochemical Type will reduce the amount of excessive sugar in the blood and increasing the quality of your Cholesterol.

Total Cholesterol, HDL, LDL and Triglyceride blood serum levels are obsolete. Those markers give the total number found in the blood not the Quality or size. A patient can have a total cholesterol of 230 and be totally healthy with no arteriolosclerosis and get all of the positive effects (brain, hormonal and immune) of Cholesterol. While a patient with a 150 total cholesterol can have inflammation and cardiovascular disease. Brain and Hormonal signs and symptoms can present such as: memory issues, foggy, headaches, low libido, sexual dysfunction, hot flashes, anxiety, sugar cravings, lack of motivation and any brain or hormone signs or symptoms.

The L3W system reduces the risk of arteriosclerosis and diabetes. The next post will talk about the new and accurate testing for cholesterol, diabetes and cardiovascular risks.


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