Hispanic Americans and Cholesterol
Posted by on 10/9/2012 to • General Health

The traditional Hispanic diet consists of grains, corn, beans, rice, fruits, and vegetables. American culture has altered this diet, and now many Hispanic Americans have adapted to a new lifestyle that consists of processed foods and high saturated fats. This shift in diets has made Hispanic Americans more prone to develop an array of diseases due to high cholesterol.

According to the Office of Minority Health (OMH), Hispanic Americans were 1.2 times as likely to be obese than Non-Hispanic Whites. Also, they report that in Texas, where more than 55 percent of the state’s population is projected to be Hispanic by 2040, 75 percent of Latinos were obese as of 2009. This is staggering because obesity is a sign of high cholesterol and triglycerides.

Dietary cholesterol is cholesterol that is present in food. If you consume a lot of foods high in cholesterol or saturated fats you are at an increased risk of heart disease. Genetics may also influence this risk.

Contrary to popular belief, cholesterol and triglycerides are necessary for life. It is when this system is not functioning that it becomes a problem. Cholesterol is necessary for every cell structure and is required for proper brain and nerve function as well as making sex hormones. It is produced in the liver and carried to the bloodstream. There are two types of cholesterol LDL (Low-density lipoproteins) and HDL (High-density lipoproteins). LDL are the key transporters of cholesterol in the bloodstream, while HDL carries unneeded cholesterol away from the cells and back to the liver to be broken down and then removed by the body. Now if there is too much cholesterol or too little HDL to help rid of the unnecessary cholesterol this can clog up the arteries and eventually lead to heart disease. Triglycerides are high energy fatty acids that provide energy for your tissues to function.

Natura-Genics® has made several products to help with cholesterol and triglycerides. Formula CT™ is a unique combination of oat bran, spirulina, flaxseeds as well as other ingredients. This formula helps support normal healthy cholesterol and triglyceride levels. Red yeast rice is combined with Inositol Hexaniacinate (a niacin derivative) . It is an effective ingredient that supports safe lipid levels in the blood. For even better results you can combine these products with Essential Fatty Acids Kit. This kit contains Flaxseed Oil, EPA-DHA Omega 3, and Lecithin Forte™. This combination helps reduce and maintain cholesterol balance.

In order to achieve optimum health you have to discipline yourself by eating healthy (living foods), exercising regularly, drinking plenty of water, resting, as well as taking the recommended supplements. Visit your doctor and get your cholesterol levels checked.

Reference:
Hernandez, A. M. (1998). Retrieved 09 30, 2012, from http://www.public.asu.edu/~squiroga/ahernan.HTM

The Office of Minority Health. (2012, September 06). Retrieved September 30, 2012, from Obesity and Hispanic Americans : http://minorityhealth.hhs.gov/templates/content.aspx?ID=6459

(2010). In P. A. Balch, Prescription for nutrional healing (p. 506). Canada: Penguin Goup.

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