Cholesterol Management

High cholesterol is a health condition characterised by increased amounts of non-HDL cholesterol in the blood. Often showing no clear symptoms, this condition significantly raises the risk of serious health problems.

In functional/medicine, managing cholesterol is about more than just lowering levels; it’s a comprehensive approach that addresses underlying factors like diet, lifestyle, supplements and genetics. Personalised plans often include modifying the diet to decrease cholesterol consumption and boost fibre intake, along with integrating fats that are beneficial for heart health. Additionally, supplements are used to enhance Nitric Oxide production, which aids in vasodilation, improves insulin resistance, and helps in reducing hyperinsulinemia.

 
 

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Case study

Anna*, female, 58-year-old, Roma, Italy

Address Cholesterol issues with Functional/Medicine

Anna struggled with high cholesterol, which was affecting her heart health, overall well-being, as well as necessitating the use of statins. Concerned about the long-term risks, she was keen on finding a sustainable solution.

*The case study uses “Anna” as a pseudonym to ensure confidentiality and privacy.

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Anna’s Personalised Plan

Dietary Changes: Anna reduced her intake of foods high in cholesterol, choosing instead a diet around fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, whole grains, and good fats such as olive oil.

Supplement Strategy: We implemented targeted supplements as a substitute to reduce statin usage and address the indicators of elevated HDL levels.

Lifestyle Modifications: Anna incorporated regular physical activity into her routine and focused on weight management to improve her cholesterol levels.

The Results

In just three months, Anna not only achieved significant improvement in her cholesterol levels, but also enjoyed increased energy and overall health, gaining control over her well-being and eliminating the need for statins.

“Embracing a functional/medicine approach totally changed the game. It went beyond just popping pills – it was about overhauling my entire lifestyle. And wow, what a difference it’s made, and I feel fantastic!”

Anna