Caroline Hudson, Canada, Joanne discussed on Dishing Up Nutrition
Thought ever crossed your mind? What do my cholesterol numbers really mean? I think many people have been told if their cholesterol number is above two hundred they were doomed to and they were going to have a heart attack. So today, we want to clear up some of those misconceptions and help you understand the real meaning of your cholesterol numbers. I'm Caroline Hudson. And I'm a registered and licensed dietitian. I graduated from my nutrition program in Canada over thirty years ago. I'm not even gonna say how many more than thirty at this point. So I guess you could call me a very seasoned dietitian. Actually, I prefer people. Think of me as having a lot of life experience, and a genuine understanding that changing your eating habits are really doesn't come easy to the majority of people throughout the years. I've seen many diets recommended for weight loss end for heart health, and those are no longer considered safe today. So one of those diets that is now considered unsafe for most people is that low fat and high carb diet joining me today as our co host this morning is JoAnne right out. Who is also a registered and licensed dietitian and also graduated from her nutrition. Program many years ago. How many years ago has it been for you? Yes, you're right. Many years ago more than thirty just like you. So I also have a lot of experience helping people with their nutrition over the years and Carolyn you mentioned that in the past twenty five to thirty years, we've seen so many different diet recommendations for both weight loss and heart health, and for many of you. I'm sure you were told to eat low fat and high carb foods to lower your cholesterol numbers. Unfortunately, we have found that really didn't work even as a dietitian for many years. I was also told that low fat high carb eating would lower my cholesterol tried to implement that. But in reality, my numbers continually climbed on that type of eating plan. So if you're confused we totally understand I truly believed in the low fat and high carb diet. Back then and was shocked when my cholesterol numbers kept climbing. Yes. So today, we really want to clear up. Some of those myths and misconceptions about cholesterol and help you understand what those numbers really mean. That's right. And also good to know by the by the way, when I did change my diet and started eating real natural fats, and then cut out the bread pasta. Some of the high whole grains, my cholesterol levels began to lower. So I was able to get off my statin drug, then I had more energy fewer aches and pains. So listeners if you have a copy of your blood test results or you can go online right now to see your test results on pull them out that pull out the one that's labelled, your lipid panel, this the your lipid panel measures, your total cholesterol, triglycerides level, your HDL level, and your LDL level and often there's a ratio in there. And that would be your total cholesterol to your HDL level, this ratio provides kind of a general risk factor for your doctor. And if it's greater than five you're at high risk. And if it's lower than three point five, you're basically at no risk, but cholesterol is complicated. And our goal today is to help you better understand your numbers. That's right. And to make sense of these numbers. One of the first numbers. I always look at to help my clients evaluate the risk factor is the triglycerides number. So is your triglycerides number in the three hundreds. Or is it one fifty or is it under seventy five as we recommend. So it's really interesting to note that high triglycerides levels are an independent risk factor for heart disease, and this is really important. So it bears repeating high triglycerides levels are a risk factor for heart disease. So if you have a high triglycerides level. And a low HD L level you are at a much higher risk of heart disease. So let's explore this a little bit more. That's right. So again, look at your triglycerides level, and we would like to see that at about seventy five or lower. So people ask this question, very often. What exactly are triglycerides? Oh, yeah. We hear that a lot. We get that question. So triglycerides are the most common fats found in your body, and they mainly come from eating carbohydrate foods. Yes, triglycerides are primarily made from processed carbs sugar and alcohol, which is then stored as fat. That's right. And that's really important to repeat. So I'd like to repeat that one more time triglycerides are the storage fat produced when you eat processed carbs or sugar or alcohol. Yes. So I always say to my clients sugar sugar sugar, right Rico, scarves, right, right? Abnormally elevated levels of triglycerides in your blood indicate an increased risk of inflammation. Atherosclerosis and even diabetes. So your triglycerides number is, very important. We again, we recommend your triglycerides on number to be seventy five or lower. Yes. And at nutritional weight and wellness we have helped clients reduce their clue triglycerides number from over a thousand or over three thousand to well below one hundred by just helping them stop eating those muffins or bagels, maybe their pizza and also to cut out soda, and those fancy high sugar coffee drinks, I think that is one of the easiest of the of the lipid levels that we're looking at to reduce quickly. Yeah. Yeah. That's the one. I always go after for example, because most people understand that piece. You know, when it comes to all of the other things all of the fats. They kinda get. Confused about that. But sugar, you know, we can we can cut that out pretty easily. So in our weight and wellness series. We share a client's story that I'd like to share with you. Now, so many people believe that a vegetarian lifestyle is a healthy one. But it's certainly not for many of us when this client was I seen her triglycerides level was well over eleven hundred remember we said, it should be below seventy five right, right? Are. He was practicing this vegetarian way of eating for and that was far too many carbs for her specific biochemistry. So we changed her diet and literally within weeks her triglycerides level drop below Andre well within the safe range. So if your triglycerides level is over one fifty it is time to reduce those carbs, and perhaps even make an appointment with one of us are one of our other nutritionists, you know, I see clients in our Eden prairie office and JoAnne. See his clients in Weiser, data and maple grove. And when when our clients cut their carbon take they typically have a great side effect. Guess what that is? They also get to lose weight. That's always exciting. Aside side benefit of that. So it's almost time for our first break. I can't believe it. It's always that fast. Right. Right. So you are listening to dishing up nutrition today Joanna, and I want to help you understand the numbers on your lipid panel. So we've started out talking and discussing the importance of maintaining a triglycerides level, preferably around seventy five or lower. And we talk about what triglycerides are and why high triglycerides level levels are a risk factor for heart disease. We also want to help you understand how your diet, and what you eat and drink affects your triglycerides level. And we still where and we will be discussing the all those the lipoprotein HDL and the LDL. So understanding your cholesterol, really is complicated. And unfortunately have just one hour, and that's nowhere near enough time to cover all of the facts. But it is enough time for us to share. How important these numbers are? So get your test results out and follow along with.