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Monounsaturated Fats Boost 'Good' Cholesterol
The monounsaturated fats found in vegetable oils, nuts, and avocados can help boost a person's "good" cholesterol levels and curbs "bad" LDL cholesterol a recent study suggests.
The findings from the study add to evidence that monounsaturated fats may be an important ingredient in a generally heart-healthy diet. Most famously, the traditional Mediterranean diet -- rich in monounsaturated fats from olive oil and nuts, but low in saturated fat from meat and dairy -- has been linked to a decreased risk of heart disease. Clinical trials have also suggested that Mediterranean-style eating can cut the odds of developing diabetes and metabolic syndrome, which is a combination of high blood pressure, abdominal obesity and low levels of "good" HDL cholesterol.
In the study, the group that added monounsaturated-fats to their diet showed an average increase in HDL cholesterol of about 12 percent, whereas the comparison group showed no change overall. The former group also had a reduction in levels in C-reactive protein, a marker of inflammation in the blood vessels that has been associated with heart disease risk.
The combination of the vegetarian diet and a dose of monounsaturated fat "did exactly the thing you want" when it comes to cholesterol levels, the researcher said. That, he said, is good news for people with high cholesterol "who want to give diet a serious try before resorting to medication."
SOURCE: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE6A04ZD20101101?pageNumber=1
link.reuters.com/cen33q - Canadian Medical Association Journal, online November 1, 2010.
Dr. Iverson's Comment
“Let food be your medicine and medicine your food” as the Father of Medicine, Hippocrates once said. The rush to prescribe Lipitor or other anti-lipid drugs is the quick and easy treatment- both for the patient and the doctor. The drug allows the doctor to get away from having a serious time-consuming dietary and lifestyle talk with the patient (dietary causes of cholesterol include sugar, hydrogenated oils, excess omega 6 oils, as well as alcohol, nicotine and other chemicals). The drug allows the patient to have their cake and eat it too! Literally, they can keep living like they are living; the proverbial ostrich with its head in the sand.   
It is important to look at what the rest of the world is doing. If you travel to countries that are far less advantaged you’ll recognize that they aren’t dependent on Lipitor or other drugs for their cholesterol. Firstly because they don’t have cholesterol problems like we do and secondly because they don’t have the money to buy such drugs. Maybe we should take a closer look at what our fellow human beings are doing properly with diet and lifestyle and realize where we have gone wrong. 
Look to Nature and follow her lead.
Be well~
Andrew Iverson 
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