When to Take Cholesterol-lowering Drugs

Medical doctors decribe bad cholesterol is what we get from animal fat such as pork fat, chicken skin and other visible fat while good cholesterol is what the body produces. Know the relationship of cholesterol to health as well as when to take cholesterol-lowering drugs.

What is cholesterol?

Medical doctors describe bad cholesterol is what we get from animal fat such as pork fat, chicken skin and other visible fat while good cholesterol is what the body produces.  Cholesterol is a complex kind of fat, with a different classification.  Cholesterol and fat go together.  Cholesterol in our blood is not directly source from the food we eat.  Seventy-five percent of our cholesterol is produced by the liver.  The problem lies on the fact that some people cannot metabolize fats due to eating the wrong food like refined carbohydrates, corn oil, margarine, and hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated fats.

If you're supposed to lower your cholesterol, you have to lower your fat intake too.  According to dieticians diabetes should increase their fiber intake since fibers helps lower down cholesterol.  Fiber-rich foods include apple, orange, guava, singkamas and some native delicacies.

The Relationship of Cholesterol to Health

Cholesterol is a component of the membrane of all cells so it is not bad for the body.  Cholesterol is bad only if present in excess amount in blood.  High blood level of cholesterol is a major risks factor for atherosclerosis.  Medical doctors described it as a condition characterized by deposition of cholesterol plaques in the walls of blood vessels, which harden, and clog the vessels.  If the blood vessels that get clogged are in the heart or brain, then, a heart attack or stroke can occur cited a medical doctors.

A high blood cholesterol level is often simply the result of eating food that are rich in cholesterol and saturated fats.  High cholesterol blood level can frequently be brought down to normal by diet. Hypercholesterolemia is not simply a dietary problems, sometimes it cannot be controlled by diet alone, other lifestyle and modifications and drugs may have to be employed. 

There are drugs available that can lower blood cholesterol.  The most widely-used among these drugs according to medical doctors are the statins, which include fluvastatin.  Statin are routinely prescribed for people who have known heart and blood vessel disease.  Most recent studies have shown that statins improve survival and reduce the risk of major cardiovascular and cerebrovascular events in these people.  They have adverse effects likewise, since they block cholesterol production, it can lower blood cholesterol level to below normal.  Studies indicate that people with low cholesterol level have a higher risks for cancer and respiratory and digestive disease.

When to take cholesterol-lowering drugs?

According to medical doctors, even with the above facts, to initially try to lower cholesterol by adopting a low-fat diet, maintaining a normal weight, engaging in a regular exercise program and refraining from alcohol.  Only if these measures, do not work should one consider taking cholesterol-lowering drugs. intake of drugs should always be under the supervision of a physician.  Leading health authorities recommend that a person eat no more than 250 mg cholesterol per day (equivalent to one eggyolk).  By eating only the low-cholesterol foods, you will have a well-balanced, hearty, and delicious diet with wonderful variety as well.


Resource: Manila Bulletin


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