Middle East summit on beating cholesterol

A Gulf conference has issued the first guidelines to promote healthy living and reinforce the need for raising good cholesterol.

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By  Stuart Qualtrough Published  July 3, 2005

A Gulf conference has issued the first guidelines to promote healthy living and reinforce the need for raising good cholesterol. Recent research has shown that raising the HDL Lipid levels helps clear fatty deposits from within blood vessels and reduces the risk of heart and artery diseases. The health summit discussed ways of helping patients improve their counts of the good cholesterol as well as decreasing LDL content, which has been described as bad cholesterol. Studies have shown the people with diabetes tend to have low HDL and high triglyceride, another kind of blood fat, levels, both of which boost the risk of heart and artery diseases. Last month, some of the region’s leading health experts gathered for the one day conference, “First Arab Meeting on HDL-C”, which was organised by German pharma group, Merck. Professor Mohamed Al-Maatouq of Saudi Arabia said: The conference called on local physicians to ask for a complete lipid profile for patients with Diabetes Mellitus and heart diseases, which will go a long way in minimising the future risk of complications.” “There are several kinds of Cholesterol in the blood and the discussions at the conference focused on ways and means to raise the HDL-C.”

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