A new drug will soon be available to boost good cholesterol. (HDL) Researchers say it looks very promising. According to The American Heart Association no adverse reactions have been reported other than a few stomach upsets.
This is good news from Web MD for everyone who needs a boost in HDL, (which is almost everyone of us)or good cholesterol. Researchers seem to have struck the mother lode.
Good news on the cholesterol front may be in the not too distant future. A drug called a CET is currently being investigated by researchers which looks very promising. In a recent study it boosted good cholesterol by 36 percent, and that ain’t bad by a long shot. The drug’s benefits appeared within one week and reached it’s full potential within a month.
Dr. John Kastelien reported in a journal of the American Heart Association that nearly 200 subjects, aged 18 to 65, all whom had elevated cholesterol levels were tested. Those who took the highest doses saw the highest boost in HDL (good cholesterol) and a small drop in LDL or bad cholesterol. No adverse reactions were reported other than a few reports of gastrointestinal discomfort.
Kastelien said, the results are promising, because a 1 percent increase in blood levels of HDL is associated with a 2 to 3 percent in the mortality rate. If all goes well, the drug should reach the market in 5 to 10 years.
In the meantime, patients should continue to take their prescribed medications and follow doctors orders, along with consuming a healthy diet and getting plenty of exercise. Don’t be a couch potato or smoker. Switch off the TV and get outside to breath in the fresh air and exercise. Play ball with the kids. Take the family on long walks or bicycle rides.
Eat your fruits and vegetables for their vitamin content and fiber. Toss the chips and other sugary,salty, fatty foods. We all consume too many rich desserts during holidays, but keep working out and afterwards get back on the healthy foods that are good for you.