Well lengthening your health span is possible.. I have given you 6 points so far… Now for number 7.
Biomarker #7 :
Your Cholesterol/HDL ratio
Cholesterol is a fatty substance that is a necessary component of the body. Basically it plays a very important role in the construction of the cell membranes and the production of certain sex hormones.
There is a lot of info out there about cholesterol, but to keep it simple I will mention that it isn’t the total cholesterol you need to worry about, but the amount of each type of cholesterol that is important..
In terms of the “Biomarkers Program’, which is what I am basing this whole series of lengthening your health span on, says:
Exercise alone won’t remedy your cholesterol problem. Things such as diet, genetic make up and obesity all contribute to the imbalance of the fats and proteins in your blood. As do smoking and taking the birth control pill.
The clincher here is that diet will lower the harmful LDL cholesterol, but it won’t raise your HDL. Remember I said that it is the amount of each type of cholesterol that is important. You raise your HDL with exercise and lowering your body fat (quit smoking and using birth control pills)
So you can’t do one without working on the other… So get rid of cholesterol and saturated fats and increase your physical activity and you are sure to make some good things happen in your blood!
Be aware that certain medications can push up your LDL levels too!!
So once again a clear indicator that exercise can help your body, in this case with your good blood fats (HDL).
So if you have cholesterol issues, did you know this? Can you do this? It isn’t rocket science.. However it isn’t always as easy to do as it sounds!
What’s your favorite Biomarker so far?