Wednesday, 24 January 2007

Stress and Cholesterol

Editorial Reviews
From Library Journal

Since this book first appeared in 1987, scientists have learned much more about cholesterol and its components, associated risk factors, supplements such as B vitamins and niacin, exercise, diet, and stress reduction, and longtime medical journalist Kowalski covers the evolving scientific information in depth. However, he also espouses an initially low-carb, low-calorie diet to induce ketosis and burn fat stores. That's fine for the short term in healthy individuals. But as with any significant change in diet, this one should not be undertaken without a physician's review since it may alter blood sugar levels in diabetics (and many folks have diabetes without realizing it) or require a change in medication levels. For larger collections.

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Book Description
The groundbreaking cholesterol-lowering program . . . now even more effective!

Robert Kowalski's personal story is legendary. By the age of forty-one, he had suffered a heart attack and had undergone two coronary bypass surgeries. A traditional dietary approach to lowering his cholesterol failed dismally, and faced with the unpleasant alternative of a lifetime on medication, he created a program that proved astonishingly effective for him -- and legions of others worldwide who used it.

Today Kowalski has beaten heart disease, lives an unlimited and vigorous lifestyle, and uses no prescription drugs. Now, with new information about risk factors, exercise, and supplements, The New 8-Week Cholesterol Cure is even more powerful in fighting heart disease. It includes:

  • The facts about homocysteine and the deadly cholesterol Lp(a)
  • A diet that jump-starts cholesterol reduction
  • The heart-healthy secrets of niacin, other B vitamins, and safe supplements
  • The latest findings on exercise
  • New cholesterol-testing methods
  • New heart-healthy products ... and more!

Arm yourself against heart disease-America's number-one killer-and increase your chances for a long, healthy life with The New 8-Week Cholesterol Cure.

Information was taken from the Amazon website here....

After my wake up call I started reading more about what is happening to me. I came across this book " The new 8 weeks cure cholesterol cure by Robert Kowalski".... there were many books out there on lowering your cholesterol but I wanted one book where it was a true story and this guy went through his first heart attack at the age of 35 and then a second at the age of 41. My cholesterol levels were high also requiring medical treatment with statins but I wanted to try out diet and exercise for about 2 months. After I did a google search and reading this book, only did I realise that stress can cause a increase in cholesterol production by the liver. I usually thought it was mostly contributed by our diet. ( it contributes about 10-20%, the rest are produced by the liver) Cholesterol is needed by our body which is used to produce steroid hormones. But too much of cholesterol can actually plug up blood vessels in your body, and if the blood vessels to the heart are clogged get a heart attack.

Little did I know that I had allowed stress to creep in ...... one of the main stress was my masters program which had given me sleepless nights. Another thing was when I failed my exams each time, I would feel down for a couple of weeks. As I read the book..... it was not just stress that caused the increase in cholesterol production, but despair, negativity, feeling down, sadness, loneliness, rejection ... to sum it up ... any negative feelings can play havoc in our system......and I realised that I had allowed myself to experience alot of negative feelings over the years.

The wake up call... really shook me to the core. It made me evaluate my priorities and what was important to me. I did not want to have a heart attack at a young age. It made me realise that life is short. I did not have to be a specialist to be happy... there are alot of things which I had given up to be where I am ... I missed my brother's Phd graduation in UK etc ( good thing I did not miss his wedding ) ..... it made me realise that spending time with loved ones were important, to never take it for granted because life is short. To love and to be never stop telling people that they are appreciated. To be happy. To learn to be nice to myself and NOT to be too hard on myself when I do screw up. To love myself. It made me evaluate my priorities in life and my attitude towards life. These are just a few of what had changed in me. I refuse to kill myself over my exams anymore. I am gonna be happy. I wanna live long and live life to the fullest. I enrolled myself in a gym .... feel great. Started studying again .... at my own pace and to do what I can without killing myself over it.

Some of my friends had noticed the change in me ... they say I am more passionate about the things I do .. about life... more compassionate.... and much happier ( not so depressing to hang out with me like before ... haha ) and much more forgiving on myself.....It takes a 3 rd party to realise all these things.

I have googled a lot more articles about stress and cholesterol levels.....

1. BBC Article - Stress may up cholesterol levels.

2. American Psychological Association - mental stress in raising cholesterol levels

3. Medpage - Stress and cholesterol

Live strong, live well, love like there is no tomorrow.


L B said...

Live Long, Prosper, have many children, and Less Stress! Be Happy!

danial ma :: a wannabe said...

Be happy & Think positive! Enjoy life to the fullest day by day and not to worry much what have been left behind, and what will be for tomorrow.

Chen said...

Prioritize your activities and most importantly, be optimistic and think positive :)