Blood Fats or Blood Lipids
Maintaining A Status Quo
For Greater Diabetic Health
Blood fats, or commonly called blood lipids by your doctor, are a necessary part of everybody's health and fitness schedule for improved diabetic health.
The fats main purpose in the cells of our body is to generate enough energy for our daily use through our caloric intake. Any unused fats then we store as triglycerides in the fat cells. These fats though themselves do provide us with a protective coating for every nerve and organ throughout our body.
Two Most Common Blood Lipids
Did you ever wonder why every time your doctor mentions the term blood fats he is also talking about cholesterol in the same statement? This is because people with diabetes tend to have high levels of both
of these traveling in the bloodstream. Your body does have the capability of manufacturing both plus we also receive large amounts from any animal foods we eat (dairy products, red meats, bacon, sausage, etc.)
Blood Fats Goals
Next time your doctor runs a blood test, ask him for your blood fat levels. Your objective is to try to adhere to the following numbers.
|LDL (bad) cholesterol
|HDL (good) cholesterol
||45mg/dl for men and >55mg/dl for women
Why Is Fat So Bad
So if everybody says fats are so bad, why do we need it in our daily diet? The answer is simple. Both of these fats are a "transporter" flowing through the bloodstream. With an acceptable level
you will notice:
- your body and brain works more efficiently
- they are a carrier for many essential vitamins and minerals to all parts of our body
- reduces hunger pangs
- adds flavor to our foods
- gives you shiny skin and hair
All the problems therefore seem to arise only when you have too much blood lipids circulating in your system. By current research though, high cholesterol itself is not the only problem, it is the result of another under-lying factor which has not been remedied to date.
Simple Tips To Lower Blood Fats In Your Diet
There is some simple tips to lower the fats in your diet
by just altering a few simple ingredients in a recipe. Try a few of these substitutions in some of your favorite recipes.
- exchange two egg whites for one egg (or switch to eggbeaters)
- use an acid such as lemon juice or vinegar to replace the oil in homemade salad dressings and marinades. When an oil is necessary, choose the correct cooking oil for the job you are doing on that particular recipe.
- slowly wean yourself off of whole milk. Switch to 2%, then 1% and finally skim milk for cooking and drinking, preferably from a raw milk source to get the most amount of nutrition into your diet
- reduce the butter, margarine or oil in all top of the stove recipes by 1/3 to 1/2 of whatever the recipe calls for. Better yet, change to coconut oil, avocado oil or extra virgin olive oil in recipes as possible.
- for baking: remove the butter, margarine or oil and exchange with an even measure of unsweetened applesauce, pureed prunes (from a baby food jar is easiest). Nobody will know the difference if you do not tell them
- substitute an equal amount of fresh fruits, pureed for some or all of the oil in a recipe (usually bananas, apples, dates or pears work well). Many high water content fruits may require a slightly smaller measure or a longer baking time to retain consistency of the finished goods
- add powerhouse foods like oatmeal, barley, okra and fresh beans to your diet. This are all rich in soluble fiber which helps "wash" cholesterol out of your system.
- add small amounts of chopped walnuts or slivered almonds to baked goods, salads, desserts or as a garnish for main dishes or vegetables. Both of these have natural sterols which reduce cholesterol.
- change to low-fat or non-fat versions of many grocery store staples such as:
||Instead Of This
|low fat yogurt
|evaporated fat free milk
|1/2 the ground meat in a recipe
||sub the other half in beans or basmati rice
|butter flavored spray
||cocoa fat, chocolate bar or baking chocolate
|3 T. cocoa powder plus 1 T. canola oil
||1 oz. unsweetened chocolate
So limiting and changing your blood fats levels by dietary changes alone often will prevent one more type of medication being added to what you must take daily. Until medical science ultimately draws conclusive proof about the advantages or disadvantages of cholesterol, no harm can actually come to any individual by trying to maintain a satisfactory level of cholesterol in your system. Very little effort is required to make some dietary changes which may affect all of your future diabetic health.
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