If you have been following me on this blog you’ll notice that much emphasis has been placed on healthy dieting and lifestyle. The potential risk that we expose ourselves to by neglecting these two factors are too damning.
High cholesterol is one of those risks. Thankfully, there are available high cholesterol treatment methods that if engaged diligently, have the potential of lowering the cholesterol level.
What Is High Cholesterol?
Firstly it is important to know that your body actually requires cholesterol and produces all that it needs. Cholesterol is a normal fatty material contained in the blood. However, when we eat certain food our bodies produces more cholesterol which accumulates (hence high cholesterol) and block the arteries.
Consequently the artery becomes narrower and blood flow through the artery is limited. A high cholesterol level increases the risk of stroke, heart attack and other heart and blood related problems.
High cholesterol can be successfully managed and treated. The first procedure any doctor will prescribe to you is to change your lifestyle. High cholesterol medicine will only be administered after you have made the necessary lifestyle changes and your cholesterol level still remains high.
A lifestyle change will normally involve eating healthy diet, regular exercise and weight management. These activities are an alternative to the use of cholesterol drugs and will help you lose your low-density lipoprotein LDL (which is dangerous to the body).
A balance diet with a low content of saturated fat is ideal to reduce your cholesterol level. High cholesterol is usually an indication that you are consuming some of these food items which contain saturated fat: butter, lard, soured cream, cheese, coconut oil, milk chocolate, fatty meat, palm oil, etc.
Experts have placed the percentage of saturated fat to be consumed at 11%-anything over that is unhealthy.
An alternative source of fat recommended for a healthy diet is Omega-3 fatty acid. This has been found to reduce triglyceride level which in turn lowers the cholesterol level in the blood.
High Cholesterol Medicine
When a change of lifestyle does not give desired outcome the use of cholesterol medicine is then employed. Cholesterol drug are used to reduce or lower the cholesterol level.
There are a number of medications that can be applied to treat this condition; however, a physician should be consulted before any particular drug is taken.
Drugs for High Cholesterol
Statins are a class of drug used to treat high cholesterol. Their work is to inhibit the action of an enzyme in your liver responsible for the production of cholesterol, this further result in a decrease in cholesterol level in your blood. The most common type of statins is Atorvastatin. Others include Rosuvastatin and Simvastatin.
Some people may be intolerant to statins giving rise to side effects such as headaches, stomach pain, diarrhea, and muscle pain. Therefore these drugs should only be taken on prescription.
When you eat food that contains cholesterol this drug prevents the cholesterol in your food and intestinal bile-juice from getting absorbed into the blood. It has relatively less side effect when compared to statins, however statins are more effective.
It is not uncommon for you to hear of doctors prescribing small doses aspirin as high cholesterol medication. This drug has been found to prevent blood clotting. Aspirin is usually prescribed based on the age of the patient (over 40), and the medical history of the patient.
High cholesterol medication should be the last resort after a change of lifestyle. And even when you must resort to using drugs, a doctor must be consulted. There are certain health conditions that can be worsen by the indiscriminate application of these drugs so, consult your doctor and arrange the best cholesterol treatment that suit you.