A scientific study accuses high cholesterol: it would be among the causes of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
Bad cholesterol is also one of the causes of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
To reveal a scientific study carried out by the City of Health of Turin in collaboration with the National Institutes of Health of Bethesda of the United States, recently published in the journal Annals of Neurology. Research has shown that high levels of bad cholesterol are a risk factor for ALS. But that's not all, because a fundamental role is also played by smoking and excessive levels of physical activity such as those achieved in the case of competitive performance.
Italian and US research opens the way to new methods to prevent SLA and to develop even more effective therapies. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a progressive degenerative disease that affects brain and spinal cord cells that have the task of controlling voluntary muscle movements. The pathology compromises limb movement, but also swallowing and phonation. To date there is no cure to stop this terrible disease, which affects about 5,000 people in Italy.
Despite this, some scientific research has shown that there is a link between SLA and other factors, such as high cholesterol and physical activity. The latest studies therefore highlight once again the importance of keeping the value of cholesterol in our bodies under control. How to fight this problem the right way? First of all it is essential to follow a healthy lifestyle, eliminating smoking, practicing moderate physical activity daily and taking the right foods.
Diet plays a key role in counteracting bad cholesterol. First, limit the consumption of alcohol and all carbonated and sugary drinks. Eliminate animal fats from your diet, preferring extra virgin olive oil as a condiment. Consume five portions of seasonal fruit and vegetables every day, accompanied by lean proteins (fish and white meat), but also legumes. Consume at least two liters of water a day, supplementing the liquids also thanks to herbal teas and smoothies.