Proper Diet Reduces LDL-Cholesterol

A proper diet and exercise is imperative for diabetes and pre-diabetes metabolic syndrome management.

Diet fiber for pre diabetes and metabolic syndrome managementstudy published in JAMA (Aug. 2011) looked at giving 351 participants across four participating Canadian centers a particular “dietary portfolio” for 6 months.  This portfolio of foods had recognized cholesterol-lowering properties and included:  plant sterols, soy protein, viscous fibers (oats and barley), and nuts.

The study participants were randomly broken up into three groups depending on how much dietary counseling they received.

  • Dietary counseling on how to eat a low-saturated fat (low-sat-fat) therapeutic diet.
  • Low-sat-fat with some counseling emphasizing the choosing and incorporating plant sterols, soy protein, viscous fibers, and nuts.
  • Low-sat-fat with intensive counseling emphasizing the choosing and incorporating plant sterols, soy protein, viscous fibers, and nuts.

The average LDL of the participants before the sudy was 171 mg/dL. Normal LDL levels are less than 130 mg/dL.

  • The intensively counseled dropped their LDL by 13.8%.
  • Some counseling produced a drop of 13.1%
  • The control group dropped by 3%

Therefore, counseling caused a drop that was more than 4 times that of the control.

Part of the mission of Nutrientology is to educate diabetics and those with the poor cholesterol levels found in pre diabetes metabolic syndrome.

Incorporate plant sterols, soy protein ( careful with soy, I’m partial to whey protein), viscous fibers, and nuts into your diet, especially to fortify the type 2 diabetes diet and for management of prediabetes metabolic syndrome. It is best to obtain these nutrients through a varied diet, however if you cannot achieve this, you can consider using a plant sterol or fiber supplement. Exercise is also important; It has been shown to increase HDL cholesterol levels along with niacin.  (keep the niacin dose modest)

Improve your health: Reduce LDL through diet and increase HDL through exercise.

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About Robert Creighton

Dr. Creighton is a podiatrist and foot surgeon with over 26 years in podiatric practice treating thousands of patients afflicted with the physiological, physical, and psychological side effects and complications of diabetes and pre-diabetes metabolic syndrome. He believes these disorders present a pressing public health concern that need to be more actively addressed in a multidisciplinary way. Dr. Creighton graduated from what is now the Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine after receiving his undergraduate degree in Biology. He is certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery, a member of the American Public Health Association, an American College of Sports Medicine certified personal trainer and a Member of the American Nutrition Association.

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