Mayo Clinic posted this video years ago, which includes two critical health actions for anyone:
- Lower Carbohydrates.
This should be important to any person who wants better health and to avoid cardiovascular conditions – the most common reasons Americans become unhealthy and die.
They indicate that exercising and lowering carbs is important because you can lower LDL and triglyceride levels. While their advice is excellent, the idea that simply lowering LDL will improve health is incorrect. This part of the video is simplistic and idiotic. You can find out more about that elsewhere on my blog.
The focus on refined carbohydrates is also unfortunate. All carbohydrates are processed into simple sugars. Some process faster than others yet there is little difference in glycemic load between whole and refined grains. There’s much more about that elsewhere too.
Still, the basic advice is excellent. What interests me about this video is that it is an example of a mainstream institution advocating health through lowering carbs.
Probably the most important blood lipid metric is the triglyceride/HDL ratio. This happens through exercise and long-term LCHF eating. Ideally, your Trig/HDL ratio will be less than one and mine was 0.69 when last checked. For me, this is one of many indicators that confirm LCHF benefits.
Except in extreme conditions, heart health can only be achieved without drugs. It’s simple – just follow Mayo Clinic’s basic advice and take carb reduction more seriously than to just avoid sugar.
Here is a recent example of CNN picking up on this, but still focusing on high glycemic carbs:
href=”https://twitter.com/CNN”>@CNN</a> comes to the triglyceride / carbohydrate connection. Old news, but <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/LCHF?src=hash”>#LCHF</a> is dawning on the mainstream. <a href=”https://t.co/BmrlRAvBzL”>https://t.co/BmrlRAvBzL</a></p>— Jeffrey Neil Willits (@JNWillits) <a href=”https://twitter.com/JNWillits/status/683395364955619328″>January 2, 2016
In spite of pressure from health institutions, misguided nutritional education, and disinformation from the pharmaceutical industry, some medical professionals actually use the simple steps (exercise and LCHF eating) that reverse metabolic syndrome:
NEWS FLASH: If you have high triglycerides you do NOT need ANY medication, just lower your carbohydrate intake! ☻ pic.twitter.com/QFGRFEojHa
— Ted Naiman (@tednaiman) December 30, 2015