Kraus Back and Neck Institute in Houston, TX

Relief from Lower Back and Neck Pain

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      At the Kraus Back and Neck Institute (KBNI), we specialize
                 in non-surgical as well as surgical treatments
                                of Back and Neck  Pain
     Conservative to Surgical Options: MINIMALLY INVASIVE SPINE SUGERY 
 "Applying Science to the Art of Medicine"                                                  
                 Dr. Kraus is available for Neurosurgery consultation (surgical and non-surgical) in Houston.
                      Offices:  1) West Houston Medical Center
                                    2) Memorial Hermann Memorial City Hospital
                                    3) Katy
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What is an acceptable blood cholesterol level?


Most experts recommend that a blood cholesterol level below 200 mg/dl is desirable. Research suggests that reducing elevated levels greater than 240 mg/dl can reduce risks of coronary heart disease and improve life expectancy. These ranges below don’t consider your age or other risk factors, such as male gender, smoking, high blood pressure, obesity and physical inactivity.



DESIRABLE                        <200 mg/dl

BORDERLINE                     200 -239 mg/dl

HIGH                                   240+   mg/dl

Source:  National Institute of Health/National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute


Techniques to A better blood CHOLESTEROL LEVEL

The following lifestyle/diet changes are effective ways to reduce your blood cholesterol level.


WEIGHT ManagEment - Gaining weight can increase your blood cholesterol levels. To lose weight you should eat less and exercise more. A low fat, high fiber eating plan can help you eliminate “empty calories.”


EXERCISE -Check with your physician before starting anaerobic or weight training program. Follow their suggestions to gradually increase your program to improve your heart health and control your weight.


 • DECREASE THE FAT IN YOUR DIET - Reduce all fats in your diet or as suggested by your physician. Limit saturated fats, such as butter, tropical oils [coconut or palm oils, cocoa butter, animal fats and solid type “stick” or solid shortenings and margarines. Fats are often hidden in processed foods like snack foods and bakery products so read the ingredient label to identify sources of fat and saturated fat.


INCREASE "SOLUBLE" FIBER - Plant foods high in soluble fiber have been shown to help lower blood cholesterol levels. They are often found in fruits, vegetables, beans, legumes and oats may help lower blood cholesterol.


MODERATE DIETARY CHOLESTEROL INTAKE - Cutting saturated fat intake will substantially lower cholesterol intake as well. Many experts believe that dietary cholesterol is the least important factor affecting your blood cholesterol level.













CHOLESTEROL: Cholesterol is found in all animal tissues (meat, poultry, fish, milk products and egg yolks). It’s not found in foods of plant origin, such as fruits and grains. Cholesterol is a fat-like substance that is needed to make cell membranes, vitamin D, and produce hormones. About 80% of your blood cholesterol is produced by your liver and approximately 20% is influenced by dietary factors, such as a high fat, high calorie diet.


FAT- Fat is the most concentrated source of food energy that is needed to provide energy and help absorb certain vitamins. It contains 9 calories per gram, two and half times as much as both protein and carbohydrate [4 calories per gram]. Hidden sources of fat include ice cream, fast foods, well-marbled meats, poultry skin, whole milk, cheese, nuts, salad dressings and  many convenience items.


FATTY ACIDS: Fats may be either saturated, monounsaturated or polyunsaturated. All dietary fats are made up of mixtures of these three fatty acid types.


SATURATED FATTY ACIDS: Saturated fats are known to raise blood cholesterol levels. These fats are found in foods of animal origin, such as whole milk, cream, cheese, butter, meat and poultry. It’s also found in large quantities in some vegetable oils, including coconut, palm, and palm kernel oil.


MONOUNSATURATED FATTY ACIDS: Monounsaturated fats tend to decrease blood cholesterol levels and may decrease LDL-cholesterol levels when substituted for saturated fats in the diet. They are found in fats of both plant and animal origin. Olive oil and peanut oil are examples of fats with mostly monounsaturated fats.


POLYUNSATURATED FATTY ACIDS: Polyunsaturated fatty acids tend to lower blood cholesterol levels. Sunflower, corn, soybean, cottonseed, safflower and canola oils are vegetable fats that generally contain a high proportion of polyunsaturated fatty acids.


LIPOPROTEIN: Since cholesterol is not soluble, it must attach itself to a soluble protein. Called a lipoprotein, this package carries cholesterol through the body. Excess cholesterol in the lipoprotein can be deposited along artery walls, where it can harden and narrow the arteries, reducing blood flow.


LOW-DENSITY LIPOPROTEIN (LDL-Cholesterol): This protein package contains the greatest percentage of cholesterol> I and is considered the most dangerous. LDL-cholesterol carries cholesterol to the arteries, where an excess amount of cholesterol can clog them.


HIGH-DENSITY LIPOPROTEIN (HDL-Cholesterol): This protein package contains the smallest amount of cholesterol and is considered "heart protective" HDL-cholesterol carries cholesterol away from the body cells to the liver, where cholesterol is removed from the body.



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