It scares me to see how young people are getting High Blood Pressure, Diabetes and high Cholesterol. It is no longer the disease of old age and most of it is due to our diet and lifestyle. Every time I go for my regular thyroid check up I see so many overweight patients, most of them no older than 40 years old, leaving the clinic with bags full of medicine. All suffering from HBP, Diabetes or High Blood Lipid (Cholesterol). The scariest part is that they have to continue taking these for the rest of their lives and in most cases the dosage keeps increasing. However the situation is reversible and it is possible to reduce the medications and live a better quality lifestyle.
What is High Blood Pressure?
Blood pressure refers to the force of blood pushing against artery walls as it courses through the body. When it’s too high, it raises the heart’s workload and can cause serious damage to the arteries. Over time, uncontrolled high blood pressure increases the risk of heart disease, stroke, and kidney. High blood pressure is sometimes called a silent killer because it may have no outward symptoms for years. In fact, 1 in 5 people with the condition don’t know they have it.
People with blood pressure readings of 130/90 or higher, taken on at least two occasions, are said to have high blood pressure. For those over age 60, readings of 150/90 or higher indicate high blood pressure.
Some people never get any symptoms and if they don’t measure their blood pressure regularly, they don’t even know they have it. At times there are some signs you can observe, such as:
- Dark Lips
- Reddish Face
- Unable to sleep
- Ringing in the ear
Diabetes is a metabolic disease in which the body’s inability to produce any or enough insulin causes elevated levels of glucose in the blood. I will try to explain this in a simplest way possible as previously I didn’t really understand how this disease works, but it is rather easy to understand. When our pancreas is working properly, beta cells produce adequate amount of insulin. Our bodies convert food into glucose and it is used as energy for our cells. Insulin then acts as a ‘key’ to open up our cells and let the glucose enter the cells. Then the cells use the glucose as energy source and therefore we get healthy organs.
However, in diabetes patients not enough insulin is being produced which means glucose is unable to enter the cells. This leaves a lot of glucose in the blood stream unable to be utilized. Without insulin, there is no “key.” So, the sugar stays — and builds up– in the blood. The result: the body’s cells starve from the lack of glucose. And, if left untreated, the high level of “blood sugar” can damage eyes, kidneys, nerves, and the heart, and can also lead to coma and death.
Why does diabetes happen?
- Beta cells can’t produce enough insulin
- Beta cells can’t produce any insulin
- Cells become insulin resistant
Type 1 Diabetes (5-10%)
With type 1 diabetes, the body’s immune system attacks part of its own pancreas. Scientists are not sure why. But the immune system mistakenly sees the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas as foreign, and destroys them. This attack is known as “autoimmune” disease.
- Patients are usually insulin dependent (injections)
- Could be genetic
- Due to virus attack
- Auto immune problem
- The challenge with this treatment is that it’s often not possible to know precisely how much insulin to take
Gestational Diabetes (3-5%)
Happens in some pregnancies; hormones affect sensitivity of the body to glucose. However, untreated or poorly controlled gestational diabetes can hurt your baby. When you have gestational diabetes, your pancreas works overtime to produce insulin, but the insulin does not lower your blood glucose levels. Although insulin does not cross the placenta, glucose and other nutrients do. So extra blood glucose goes through the placenta, giving the baby high blood glucose levels.
- Hungry often (cells are starving)
- Frequent Urination
- Tired and lethargic easily
- Weight Loss
- Vaginal Infections
- Wounds take longer to heal
- Blurry vision
High Blood Lipids (Cholesterol)
A lipid disorder means that you have high levels of either low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, or elevated levels of fats called triglycerides. I would like to stress here that nobody should ignore the high cholesterol readings. Over the past few years I’ve seen people completely ignore their elevated cholesterol readings because it is not ‘that’ high. However the chances of heart attack with elevated cholesterol readings are very high. It is best to find natural ways to lower the cholesterol before it clogs your arteries.
- Damaged endothelium; cholesterol, smoking, HBP, diabetes
- Cholesterol invasion; LDL accumulates in the artery
- Plaque formation; over time the plaque forms and limits blood flow
How is it detected?
High cholesterol and triglyceride levels can be detected by a blood test called a lipid profile, or lipid panel. A lipid profile measures your total cholesterol (both LDL and HDL cholesterol) and triglycerides. Your doctor will likely ask you to avoid eating and drinking liquids other than water for at least 10 to 12 hours before this test.
High Blood Lipid Readings
The only time LDL (the so-called “bad”) cholesterol is a problem is if it’s Oxidized. Oxidized LDL cholesterol sticks to the lining of arteries and begins the process of Inflammation. It is this inflammation that is the true cause of heart disease.
Non-oxidized LDL is pretty much harmless.
Causes of the 3 Highs:
- 60% controlled by us; nutrition, exercise, stress
- 15% inherited
- 7% geography
- 10% living conditions
- 8% drugs
As you can see, only 15% of the cases are inherited so we can’t blame it on our genes. Most of the damage cause to our bodies is done by ourselves.
How can Lingzhi help?
Lingzhi and Blood Pressure:
Research at China Tongji Medical University showed that after taking 12 capsules of Yung Kien Ganoderma per day for 2 weeks, the rate of platelet aggregation was inhibited by up to 32%
Prevents hardening of blood vessels – elasticity of blood vessels becomes compromised when there is too much fat and cholesterol in the blood, this also causes high blood pressure. Lingzhi is very effective in lowering the blood pressure and ensuring the blood vessels remain elastic. The best results were shown in high blood pressure patients who consumed higher doses of lingzhi for minimum of 6 months.
Ganoderma is effective in reducing blood pressure. The most important point is that long-term administration (at least 6 months) of ganoderma is required. Approximately 12 capsules of Yung Kien Ganoderma per day is recommended to see improvement.
- Dual Regulating
- Improves Blood Circulation
- Decrease risk of blood clots forming
- Prevents hardening of arteries
Linzhi and Diabetes:
- Polysaccharides protect the pancreas cells
- Beta cells can live longer and reduce their death rate
- Eliminates free radicals
- Increases liver detox function
- Reduces blood glucose
- Increases the metabolism of glucose
- Enhances SOD enzyme – protects pancreas and kidney cells
- Strengthens and Regulates Immune system
Lingzhi and High Blood Lipids:
Prevents blood clots from forming – just imagine if your blood is full of fat and cholesterol and the circulation is poor due to narrowed arteries, the chances of blood clots forming is very high. Linghzi helps to clean your blood by reducing the fat and cholesterol and also assists in better circulation and therefore the blood flow becomes a lot smoother, preventing strokes and heart attacks from happening. For those who are not familiar, stroke happens when there is a blood clot in the brain and heart attack with a blood clot in the heart. Research at China Tongji Medical University showed that after taking 12 capsules of Yung Kien Ganoderma (lingzhi) per day for 2 weeks, the rate of platelet aggregation was inhibited by up to 32%, and the dry weight of thrombus was reduced by more than 30%. Yung Kien Ganoderma (lingzhi) also reduces the size of thrombi (clots) in atherosclerotic patients.
LZ has the ability to inhibit HMG CoA Reduces enzyme which will lead to the reduction of the cholesterol level. Normally done by Statin drug which has many side effects
- Reduces LDL & Triglyceride levels
- Increases HDL (good cholesterol)
- Controls liver production of cholesterol
- Reduces oxidation of LDL
- Ability to inhibit HMG CoA
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