According to the ADA (American Diabetes Association) it is advisable for people suffering from Diabetes Type II, to go for a check up of their lipid profile, annually. These test results are directly associated with possible vascular and heart complications, like the hardening of arteries. During the recent years cholesterol levels attracted a lot of attention in the media. However, despite this, it is a fact that cholesterol is not the single factor which indicates cardio-vascular health. The equilibrium of your good & bad cholesterol poses to be a more significant factor.
HDL (high density lipoprotein) known as the healthy type of cholesterol, assists to keep LDL (low density lipoprotein) from harming your kidneys. The LDL can get stuck to the arteries resulting in unhealthy deposits or plaque being formed which can cause an obstruction in your bloodstream and cause bleeding or block your blood flow.
It seems that HDL clears out the LDL from your arteries. Kidney damage is an ultimate result of arterial damage. This happens due to the fact that your arteries pass through the kidneys to get rid of all waste products, salt, water and potassium. In diabetics suffering from Type II diabetes, the overall cholesterol levels are many times high, whilst the balance of the HDL compared to the LDL, may be low.
Researchers from the Biomedical & Surgical Sciences Department of the Italian University of Veronaconducted a study, in which they determined HDL and CKD (chronic kidney disease) in individuals suffering from Diabetes Type II. This study’s results were published during 2016 in the medical journal Nutrition- Metabolism- and Cardio-vascular Disease.
More than 1900 diabetic Type II sufferers started with their kidneys functioning normally. They were followed for a period of five years. Participants who’s HDL-levels were the highest just had a 76% risk to develop CKD in comparison with participants with minimal HDL-levels.
The National Kidney-Foundation recommended the following goal levels: HDL – at least 40 mg/dl whilst for LDL lower than 100 mg/dl. However, according to recent studies it was suggested that individuals who suffer from blood vessel or heart disease should decrease their LDL-cholesterol lower than 70 ml/dl, with an overall cholesterol level of lower than 200 mg/dl.
To elevate your HDL-levels, aerobic exercise is recommended. In an experiment conducted in Tokyo, 35 studies regarding cholesterol and exercise was combined. Their calculations showed that generally patients, who followed an exercise regimen of 40 minutes, three to four times on a weekly basis, had increased their HDL cholesterol level by 2.5 mg/dl after just two to seven months. Aerobic activity has to increase your breathing and pulse rate, by cycling, walking, dancing, swimming etc. However, HDL-levels can also be elevated by lowering triglycerides and consuming niacin.
Obesity is caused by a low level of HDL. By reducing your weight to a normal level, your HDL can also be reduced. Furthermore, cranberry juice is a good remedy to lower HDL. Start to cut on your intake of trans-fats. Make a habit of reading the food labels and avert those which are listing vegetable oils which are partially hydrogenated.
Peanut- and olive oils are the healthy types of oils. When eating peanut butter, purchase the type which is made from pure peanuts without containing partially hydrogenated oils. Consuming foods which are rich in fibre may also assist to elevate the HDL-levels. Such foods include: vegetables, whole grains and fruits; incorporate these foods in your diet.
If you are considering to start with an exercise and diet program, consult with a dietician about the appropriate menu and quantities you require. It is also advisable to consult with your physician whether increased activity will be safe for you.