Questions About High Cholesterol — ANSWERED

Heart Disease claims the lives of over 600,000 Americans Every Year!

High Blood Pressure or Hypertension causes 15% of deaths in America, according to a Harvard University. While it causes no symptoms, it raises the risks of “serial killers” such as:

  • Heart Attack
  • Stroke
  • Cognitive Decline
  • Brain Aneurysms
  • Kidney failure

The American Heart Association informs the public that “28% of Americans have High Blood Pressure”, and don't even know it!

Here are answers to 10 frequently asked questions about High Cholesterol:

1. What Does High Cholesterol Do to the Body?

While it causes no symptoms, high cholesterol boosts the risks of leading killers such as heart attack and stroke, as well as aneurysms, cognitive decline, and kidney failure. Simply put: having high cholesterol can lead to the stiffening and narrowing of the arteries—reducing or blocking blood flow through them because of a buildup of plaque — a combination of cholesterol, fats, your cells’ waste products, calcium, and fibrin. This is why cholesterol matters: Lack of sufficient blood flow to your brain or heart can lead to a stroke or heart attack.

2. Whom Does High Cholesterol Affect?

High cholesterol can affect anyone at any age. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about 73 million American adults have high cholesterol. However, it can also be a problem for children when high cholesterol runs in the family — which leads us to the next question…

3. Can High Cholesterol Be Genetic?

Yes. High cholesterol is genetic for about 1 in 200 people in the United States who live with a condition called Familial Hypercholesterolemia (FH). Screening for high cholesterol is the only way to identify people who have FH. Unfortunately, according to the FH Foundation, a national nonprofit organization based in Pasadena, California, 90 percent of people who have FH don’t know even it. Because of this, all children should have a cholesterol screening test once between ages 9 and 11, recommends the American Academy of Pediatrics.

4. Can High Cholesterol Make You Tired?

No, high cholesterol doesn’t usually cause fatigue but it can lead to heart diseases that do. Also, if you are taking a statin medication to treat your high cholesterol, possible side effects include symptoms that come with fatigue, like memory loss, forgetfulness, and confusion, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The Mayo Clinic describes this as mental fuzziness.

OHW TIP: To avoid these side effects, ask your doctor about natural Cinnamomum Zeylanicum supplements. Read More

5. Can High Cholesterol Cause a Stroke?

Yes. If you have high cholesterol, you’re at risk for stroke. LDL cholesterol builds up in your arteries, where it slows or blocks the flow of oxygen and nutrient-rich blood to your body, including your brain. As arteries narrow and stiffen, blood clots may form and cause a stroke from a blockage in the brain.

6. Will High Cholesterol Make You Feel Bad?

No. For most people, high cholesterol has no symptoms at all, according to the AHA. The AHA also advises having your cholesterol checked every four to six years starting at age 20 (or more frequently if you're at risk). If your numbers are too high, you can take steps to lower your risk for both heart disease and stroke.

OHW TIP: There are a few simple undertakings one can do to improve one’s blood pressure. Going for power walks at least 30 mins. a day is one of them. Loading up on potassium-rich food items (i.e. Winter squash, potatoes, white beans, fat-free yogurt, etc.) is another thing — at least 2,000 to 4,000 mg daily. Cutting back on salt is also crucial — season foods with spices, herbs, lemon, and salt-free seasoning blends instead. Switching to decaf coffee is also helpful as caffeine can raise blood pressure by tightening blood vessels & by magnifying the effects of stress.

7. Will High Cholesterol Cause Erectile Dysfunction (ED)?

Seth J. Baum, MD, President of the American Society for Preventive Cardiology and director of women’s preventive cardiology at the Boca Raton Regional Hospital in Florida says, “High cholesterol is atherogenic [causes atherosclerosis] and can cause erectile dysfunction on that basis. When we see patients with ED, we have to consider not only cholesterol disorders, but also that other parts of the body might be afflicted with atherosclerotic plaque. The heart, lower extremities, and brain are the areas we typically examine to look for such disease.”

8. Can High Cholesterol Cause Headaches or Dizziness?

No, but statins used to lower cholesterol can cause headaches as a side effect in some people. “High cholesterol doesn’t cause these symptoms. Sometimes, rarely, the medications we use to treat high cholesterol can cause such side effects,” Baum says. Check with your doctor if you’re having headaches or dizziness to find out if your symptom is related to drug side effects, or points to another health condition that may need treatment.

9. When Should High Cholesterol Be Treated With Medication?

If you’ve had a heart attack or been diagnosed with inherited high cholesterol, you’ll probably need to try a cholesterol-lowering medication or medications, in addition to being careful with your diet and staying active. If the doctor recommends it, give a healthy diet and an active lifestyle a try first. Ask your doctor about natural Cinnamomum Zeylanicum supplements as well. If your cholesterol levels remain high, your doctor may recommend cholesterol-lowering drugs to lower your heart disease and stroke risk.

10. Is High Cholesterol Always Bad?

Not all cholesterol is bad. Higher levels of HDL cholesterol — optimally 60mg/dL or higher—may in fact actually protect your heart from disease, heart attack, and stroke, according to the AHA. But high total cholesterol and high LDL cholesterol levels do put you at risk for heart disease, heart attack, and stroke. The higher your LDL cholesterol, the higher your risk, notes the FH Foundation.

Dedicated to helping you achieve optimal health and wellness,

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DISCOVER HOW YOU CAN STABILIZE YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE, LOWER BAD CHOLESTEROL WHILE MAINTAINING GOOD CHOLESTEROL AND BALANCING YOUR BLOOD-SUGAR LEVELS.

Hello. This is Dr. Ben, Chief Medical Advisor here at Optimal Health Products, pointing out something important that you may not realize about the toxins in your body.

Most people believe that having a healthy heart is either a matter of good genetics ("he’s just lucky") or a strict diet ("I just have to give up salt").

The truth is, genetics and food choices are NOT the root cause of your struggle to rid your body of the risk of heart disease and a potential heart attack or stroke, no matter how hard you try. Your high blood pressure, bad cholesterol and high blood sugar have little to do with bad genes or ANY of the most common things believed to cause heart disease.

Your struggle to protect and even heal your heart comes down to 3 little-known factors that your doctor might not even know about!

Shocking, right?

In the next few minutes, I'm going to show you how a weird herb has been shown to STOP these 3 little-known problems dead in their tracks so your blood pressure stabilizes, your cholesterol and blood-sugar levels improve and you get the heart-health results you want while no longer worrying about heart attack or stroke.

But before I do, however, it’s extremely important to understand the three critical things that must take place to STOP the potential of heart disease, including the possibility of a heart attack or stroke:

#1 - You Must Balance Your Blood-Sugar Levels.

Sugar is necessary for survival. Blood sugar (or, blood glucose) refers to sugar that’s introduced into the bloodstream to supply needed energy to all the cells in the body. Our bodies are made to regulate those levels, making sure they’re neither too high nor too low.

Unfortunately, sugar is made from the food we eat. Our digestive system breaks down carbs from food and sends them straight to our bloodstream as glucose, a simple sugar that converts to energy. However, glucose can only enter the cells via insulin.

Unbalanced insulin levels result in either type 1 diabetes (also known as insulin sensitivity, or too low levels) or type 2 diabetes (too high levels).

This means, the higher your insulin levels, the higher your chance of diabetic cardiomyopathy (DCM), a disease that literally damages the structure and function of your heart.

Insulin doesn’t care whether your blood sugar is at a healthy level. Its only concern is that you do not starve and have the ability to produce energy for your body to burn.

The big, ugly problem: Unless you do something to “short-circuit” this biological need to feed your cells, you’ll never have the heart health you want and deserve.

It begins with maintaining your insulin levels, because modern living—along with diets full of refined sugars and other challenges—have made it so most of us are nearly insulin-unbalanced all the time. This not only makes eating right nearly impossible, it also makes choosing when and how often to eat MUCH harder.

Think about the last time you were ravenously hungry? You began to feel weak and dizzy, right? You began to feel yourself shutting down—and that’s exactly what insulin issues can do.

#2 You Must Lower Your Bad Cholesterol While Maintaining Your Good Cholesterol.

Whether you’ve heard of “bad” cholesterol (LDL) or “good” cholesterol (HDL), I assure you. They’re having a MASSIVE effect on the health of your blood.

LDL cholesterol is considered bad because it creates plaque, a thick, hard deposit that can clog arteries, making them less flexible. (This is known as atherosclerosis.) Eventually, a clot can form, blocking a narrowed artery, often resulting in heart attack or stroke. Another condition called peripheral artery disease can develop when plaque buildup and narrowed arteries reduce blood flow to the limbs (usually the legs). Either scenario often results in death or life-altering consequences.

HDL cholesterol is considered good because it aids in removing LDL cholesterol from the arteries. Scientists believe HDL acts as a scavenger, carrying LDL cholesterol away from the arteries and safely back to the liver, where it’s broken down and passed from the body.

A healthy level of HDL cholesterol will protect against heart attack and stroke, while low levels of HDL cholesterol have been shown to increase the risk of heart disease.

#3 You Must Stabilize Your Blood Pressure.

Without properly balanced cholesterol and blood-sugar levels, your heart valves become restricted with plaque buildup, and that leads to a damaged and unhealthy heart. All this combined begins to affect other parts of your body and internal organs because they are starved of needed oxygen and blood that is pumped to them by your heart. After years of unhealthy eating, unbalanced cholesterol and blood-sugar levels all over the place, your overall heart health begins to deteriorate. In worse cases, not protecting your heart health can lead to major damage resulting in the need for heart surgery or a heart transplant. In the worst case, deteriorated hearth health can lead to death.

And it gets worse with each passing year, not only making it harder to avoid heart disease but actually causing you to GET A HEART ATTACK OR STROKEno matter how hard you try to avoid it.

The result?

Your stress levels increase. The number you see on the blood-pressure monitor goes up and perhaps worst of all, you begin to live your life in complete fear and feel like your heart is a bomb waiting to go off.

This vicious cycle not only accelerates with each passing year, it begins to compromise other parts of your health. Your sleep quality drops. Your stress begins to affect those around you. You stay away from strenuous activities including all exercise, and those things accelerate the cycle yet again.

Each time, the cycle speeds up, which is why heart disease is often so accelerated later in life.

This is pretty disheartening for anyone looking to maintain healthy blood levels and transform their heart health.

But what if there was a way that you could STOP these three factors?

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If you could do that, you could essentially turn your heart into a well-run machine, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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These results were pooled together with results from a recent study and published in the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

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  • First, a compound in the extract called cinnamaldehyde provides most of the health benefits of this amazing spice. It comes from the oily part of the cinnamon bark.
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  • Lastly, since insulin is one of the key hormones that must remain regulated to be healthy, Ceylon Cinnamon helps insulin do its job of transporting blood sugar from the bloodstream straight to the cells.

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