How to lower Cholesterol without Medication

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.

How do I lower cholesterol?

How do I lower cholesterol

The easy answer is take a drug or change your diet and lifestyle. In choosing, it might be helpful to know that Dr. John Abramson, a clinical instructor at Harvard Medical School, questions National Cholesterol Education Program guidelines recommending the blockbuster drugs for people who may have high cholesterol but don’t have clogged arteries. He says there’s no proof that statins prevent heart attacks or strokes in healthy people, yet high cholesterol numbers are enough to prompt a prescription. He also says “There is good evidence that statins are beneficial for secondary prevention, i.e. to prevent a second heart attack, but there’s even better evidence that living a healthy lifestyle is even more effective than taking a statin, though they are not mutually exclusive. Don’t think that by taking your statin you are doing everything you can do to reduce your risk of heart disease.”

So when people wonder “How do I lower cholesterol” the first thing to do is don’t listen to TV commercials. They make it sound as if there is nothing else you can do to lower your cholesterol by repeating the tag line “when diet and exercise aren’t enough”. Dr. Mark Hlatky, professor of health research and cardiovascular medicine at the Stanford School of Medicine says, “It’s a good thing to be skeptical about whether there may be long-term harm from healthy people taking a drug like this.”

The American Journal of Cardiology stated in 2004, “Many patients with conventional risk factors for heart disease can experience lowered risk without medications within 12 weeks of starting a therapeutic lifestyle program, refuting the notion that intensive lifestyle modification is not worth the effort.” In our office program we recommend a Mediterranean diet and simple lifestyle changes that are proven to decrease heart risk. So as you think about how to lower cholesterol remember that for the vast majority of individuals dietary and lifestyle changes are enough.