Glycemic Index and HDL Cholesterol – (03-15-01)

Glycemic Index and Serum High-Density Lipoprotein Cholesterol

Not that this is a big surprise, but eating refined carbs (known to have high glycemic indices–the rate at which sugar shows up in the bloodstream after ingestion of specifc types of carbs) will lower HDL levels in the blood. In addition, insulin (produced in higher levels with higher glycemic index foods) will stimulate HMG CoA reductase; the enzyme that makes cholesterol in our bodies. Higher total cholesterol and lower HDL…the perfect prescription for heart disease. Just for added measure, refined carbs are low in folic acid and B6; thus potentially having a negative effect on homocysteine levels. Glycemic Index and Serum High-Density Lipoprotein Cholesterol Concentration Among US Adults

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James Bogash

For more than a decade, Dr. Bogash has stayed current with the medical literature as it relates to physiology, disease prevention and disease management. He uses his knowledge to educate patients, the community and cyberspace on the best way to avoid and / or manage chronic diseases using lifestyle and targeted supplementation.