Common Medications and Treatments for High Cholesterol

Once you are aware of a high cholesterol problem, it is important to take immediate steps. Proper patient education is the key. Acting now will decrease your risk for strokes, heart attacks or having a fatal heart disease.

Controlling both diet and weight while adopting a sensible exercise regimen, can decrease low-density lipoprotein type cholesterol (LDL) to normal. Aerobic exercise for 30-60 minutes a day has been shown to increase HDL.

Drugs are used to decrease cholesterol problems by:

  • Decreasing cholesterol manufacture in the body
  • Lowering cholesterol absorption in the gastrointestinal tract
  • Promoting the rate of cholesterol excretion (with bile acids)
  • Inhibiting cholesterol build-up in the arteries

Medication Chart

Category

How The Medication Works

Statins Decreases manufacture of cholesterol by blocking an enzyme the liver needs for cholesterol building.
Bile Acid Sequestrants Lowers LDL levels.Used alone or in conjunction with statins.
Fibric Acids Lowers triglycerides and raises HDL levelsUsed with statins to decrease LDL
Vitamin Increases HDLDecreases LDLDecreases triglycerides
Vitamin Combination Increases HDLDecreases LDL

 

Because of the possible side effects from medications used to lower cholesterol, many people are seeking to treat high cholesterol with natural ingredients.

Natural Therapy Chart

Nutrient

Source

How the Medication Works

Beta Sitosterol SoybeansWheat germCorn oil Decreases cholesterol absorptionBoosts immunityAnti-cancer property
Green Tea Extract Green Tea Leaf Decreases LDLDecreases triglyceridesIncreases HDL
Guggulipid Extract Indian Herb Lowers all cholesterol types
Policosanol Sugar cane wax Decreases LDLIncreases HDL

 

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