High Cholesterol Patient Guide
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
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
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|