Study of super-sticky LDL may spur new heart disease treatments for seniors, type 2 diabetics
A new, “ultra-bad” form of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, called MGmin-LDL, has been discovered in people with a high risk for heart disease, which provides a possible explanation for the increased risk of coronary heart disease in diabetics. It could help researchers develop new anti-cholesterol treatments, according to British researchers.
University of Warwick researchers created MGmin-LDL in a lab through glycation, which is the adding of sugar groups to normal LDL cholesterol, commonly referred to as “bad” cholesterol. The process changed the cholesterol’s shape, making it stickier and more likely to build fatty plaques, narrow arteries and reduce blood flow and turning it into what they called “ultra-bad” cholesterol.
The findings could have significant implications for the treatment of coronary heart disease in people type 2 diabetes.
Health-e-Solutions comment: Another good reason to eat an alkaline diet that helps move your body away from sugar metabolism to fat metabolism. By doing so, you minimize glycation throughout your body and provide it with the healthy fats/oils it requires for optimum function.