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Healthy Cholesterol Levels May Prevent Bowel Cancer

March 14, 2011 by  

Healthy cholesterol levels may prevent bowel cancerResearchers analyzed the health data of 2,400 participants in the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition (EPIC) study and found a correlation between high levels of healthy HDL cholesterol and a lower risk of bowel cancer.

Individuals with the highest levels of HDL cholesterol were about 20 percent less likely to have the disease, even after the authors adjusted for diet, weight and lifestyle.

The effect may be explained by the fact that HDL has been shown to be anti-inflammatory, and chronic inflammation is associated with the development of cancer, the study authors noted.

The Mayo Clinic has reported that lifestyle habits like exercise, healthy diet, non-smoking status and drinking alcohol only in moderation may influence healthy cholesterol levels. Additionally, whole grains, nuts, omega-3 fatty acids and plant sterols — like those found in certain margarines — may also help individuals increase HDL cholesterol levels.

The institution also recommends requesting a cholesterol screening from a healthcare provider if an individual is unsure about their current level, since high LDL cholesterol has been linked to various chronic illnesses, like cardiovascular disease.  

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  • Richard Pawley

    My normal cholesterol is around 200 and that is fine with me. I believe that the medical industries attempt to scare people into taking a statin drug to lower cholesterol to incredibly low numbers is all a plan to make money. You body could not operate without cholesterol. If you must take a statin drug be sure to do some research because you will definitely need Ubiquinol to offset the damage to your system. I take 700 mg of Muscadine Grape Seed each day as a precaution but if I wanted to lower my cholesterol I would double that and take two capsules. I know someone who cut his cholesterol in half by doing that. My sister takes a statin and when she began taking 700 mg of muscadine grape seed a day her doctor cut the statin she was taking in half (don’t tell the drug industry or they will get their henchmen in the FDA to restrict it). In Europe Big Pharma is trying to gain control of herbs and non-medicinal things that have helped people stay healthy for thousands of years – they can’t patent them yet! Anyway, I suggested that my sister take two capsules of Muscadine grape seed (which has no known side affects) and see if she can make it drop even lower so the doctor might tell her to stop taking the statin altogether. If you are interested in learning about Muscadine Grape Seed before the government tries to take away your freedom to stay well Wake Forest University has done a five year study on it the results of which should be available by now.

  • http://InternetExplorer MaryJane Loshonkohl

    I would love more info. on the subject.

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