A new study by a physician from the IMSS clinic, UMF 24, San Felipe Baja California, found that by putting a group of North Americans on a diet rich in whole grains, legumes, fruits, vegetables and nuts and changing their intake of animal products, they were able to lower their total cholesterol and LDL (bad) cholesterol significantly, this without using drugs to lower cholesterol. In fact not only was there an improvement in blood lipids but participants reported increased energy, improved sleep quality, decreased blood pressure and lost 8.6 lbs on average (3.9 kilos), this in a period of two weeks.
The new study, was done by Dr. Eddie Ramirez Diaz, a native of Ensenada. Which has 16 years of experience in various lifestyle centers in North America, Europe and Africa. The study took place from December 5 to December 19, 2011. It was a free program open to the foreign community of San Felipe. Participants paid only their blood tests before and after the study.
The new study, “is a step forward, showing the importance of lifestyle changes to combat a large number of health problems affecting the people that live in our community,” said Dr. Ramirez.
In the study, a group of more than 20 Americans who live or spend the winter in San Felipe participated. As a group on average the initial cholesterol was 232 points (which is high) and the LDL (bad) cholesterol was on average 158.7 points (which is also high).
Participants met twice a week for advice and encourage, they were provided with cookbooks and information to understand why they were making the changes.
Laboratory results showed that on average cholesterol went down 59 points, triglycerides dropped 22 points and LDL (bad) cholesterol (LDL) went down 39 points. Many had dramatic changes like a participant who had a reduction of 112 points in her triglycerides and her cholesterol went down 118 points together with her LDL cholesterol which decreased 85 points.
This study shows the potential value of lifestyle changes to reduce blood lipids and thus reduce a large range of pathologies.
Dr. Ramirez is planning another free program open to the entire community which will begin on January 16, 2012. For more information call Dr. Ramirez at 686-133-6046.