Exactly How to lower Cholesterol without Medication?
According to a report by NDC Health which tracks health care trends, statin drugs like Lipitor and Zocor, although highly promoted on TV, have been stopped after four months by two thirds of people for whom they were prescribed. So why are people stopping their statin drugs? Sometimes it’s tiredness and fatigue, or it may be muscle pains and achiness. A common myth promoted by the pharmaceutical companies and some doctors is that “adherence to statins is easy, but adherence to comprehensive lifestyle changes is difficult if not impossible.” This has not been proven to be true. Dr. Dean Ornish who has shown over the past 30 years that diet and lifestyle changes are just as powerful if not more so than medications found in his study that there was a 40% reduction in LDL cholesterol after one year without medication.
For the vast majority of individuals with a mild to moderate cholesterol problem who do not have a familial lipid disease (i.e. about 70% of all Americans) lowering cholesterol without medications starts with a plant based diet consisting of beans and legumes, unsalted nuts and seeds and soy foods. For people who have documented heart disease with blockages of coronary arteries, they should follow a vegetarian diet. For people with just elevated cholesterol without a strong family history of a lipid disorder, a Mediterranean diet with some lean free range chicken and beef and non-farm raised fish along with other plant proteins, fruits and vegetables is a heart healthy diet. If necessary some proven natural supplements can be added if necessary to help the cholesterol numbers.
Once a person sees how diet can lower cholesterol naturally they are encouraged to make that way of eating a way of life. In our lifestyle program we help people make those food and lifestyle changes. The majority of people don’t want to take a statin drug for ever ( or even longer than 4 months). So call us today and let us help you lower your cholesterol naturally.