How to reduce your cholesterol and boost your potassium: A new study
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Health is about more than just your blood pressure, cholesterol and triglycerides.
It’s about how you eat, exercise and manage your blood sugar.
This is especially true for people with metabolic syndrome (MS) or type 2 diabetes, who have high blood sugar levels that can lead to heart disease, strokes and death.
This article looks at how to reduce the risk of metabolic syndrome and type 2 disease and to boost your brain function.
“If you have type 2, you are more likely to develop heart disease and stroke than if you have diabetes,” says Professor Daniela Bagnardi, from the University of Sydney’s Institute of Clinical Pharmacology.
The research shows that a reduction in the amount of carbohydrates, fats and sugars found in the diet is crucial for brain health.
It also suggests that eating more fruits and vegetables is a good idea.
“You should be eating more vegetables than potatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, cauliflowers, cabbage and tomatoes,” she says.
“That’s probably because the brain needs carbohydrates in its bloodstream to support it’s own function.”
For example, a study by the Australian National University found that eating green vegetables was linked to increased blood flow to the brain, which may improve memory and cognitive function.
But it is not a simple diet to follow, and the researchers say that if you are overweight or obese, or have a genetic predisposition for MS or type 1 diabetes, you should stick to a diet that is low in carbohydrates and fat.
“This study suggests that in people with MS, there’s a risk for metabolic syndrome or type-2 diabetes,” Dr Bagnatti says.
You may have MS, type 1 or diabetes, but this study suggests there’s no need to get rid of your MS or diabetes.
It does not show that you should be taking any medication to treat your MS.
You need to follow a diet, and if you’re overweight or have diabetes, try to limit your carbs and fats.
Professor Daniels research also shows that high-calorie foods such as chips, cakes and pastries are the best way to increase your brain energy levels.
“We need to reduce sugar in the food and get rid, as soon as possible, of all the calories in the body,” she explains.
“There are other foods that you can do that, but it is really important to eat more vegetables.”
But, as with any food, you may need to eat a smaller portion of your daily calories.
So, the next time you go to the supermarket, pick up some fruit and vegetables, a bag of crisps, some pasta and some bread.
“I’ve had people say to me, ‘I just had a bagel with cream cheese on it’,” Dr Baccardi says.
Dr Bacardi says it’s important to stick to one healthy diet.
“People can go on a low-caloric diet, or they can do a more high-carbohydrate diet, but the key is to stick with one diet,” she advises.
“The more you eat a low calorie diet, the less you need to exercise.”
This article first appeared on ABC News Health.
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