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Lowering your Cholesterol

High Cholesterol is often correlated to a sedentary lifestyle and poor diet but can also be due to several other factors. Genetics, adrenal imbalances and high cortisol, insulin and blood sugar dysregulation, hypothyroidism, liver dysfunction, sex hormone imbalances and certain medications can all be contributing factors to high cholesterol. Since Naturopathic Medicine is about treating the person rather than the diagnosis alone, all of these factors are taken into account when working with your cholesterol.

Cholesterol is actually necessary in many of our bodies pathways- it is an integral part of cell membranes, it helps with nerve conduction, hormone production and it allows us to digest and breakdown fats. Cholesterol also plays an enormous role in our mood- it is essential in neurotransmitter production.

It is only when our “bad” cholesterol like LDL and triglyclerides become excessive. Cholesterol then becomes a major risk factor for serious coronary events like heart attacks and death. Studies have shown that for each 1% decrease in total cholesterol there is a 2% decrease in Coronary Artery Disease.

There are several steps you can take in your life to help balance cholesterol naturally. Dietary and lifestyle changes alone have been shown to even reverse hyperlipidemia. As well there are many different options in terms of nutrient and or herb supplementation that can help lower your “bad” cholesterol and increase your good cholesterol without the long term side effects of Statin medications.