August 2014

Lowering Your Serum Cholesterol

Lowering Your Serum Cholesterol and Preventing Heart Attack and Stroke

 

Serum cholesterol can be lowered in several different ways:

  1. Diet - Through reducing the intake of animal fat, saturated fats and foods high in cholesterol.

    Diet and Serum Cholesterol


     
  2. Diet - Eating a high Fiber Diet which can be obtained in three ways, 1) through the foods we eat, and 2) through the use of supplements, added to the diet, that are specially designed to provide soluble and insoluble fiber to reduce blood cholesterol levels.

    *Comparison of Supplemental Fiber Products to Prescription Fiber Products (not avaialabe)

     
  3. Vitamin-Mineral-Antioxidant Supplement Programs (Nonprescription products):

    There are a number of excellent supplements available to help you to lower you serum cholesterol. To find the exact right one for you we suggest you go to your local health food store and review the products that they have available for you to purchase. Shopping around to several health food stores is definitely a smart thing to do.


     
  4. Prescription Medications:

    There are a number of medications available through your Family Doctor, Internist or Cardiologist. These include:
  1. HMG-CoA Reductase Inhibitors (statins): This group work by interfering with the cholesterol-production in the liver and by increasing the ability of the liver to remove cholesterol circulating in the blood stream. Statins can lower LDL cholesterol by as much as 60 percent, depending on the drug and dosage. The statin drugs can cause different results in different people. Some people may have fewer side effects with one statin than with another. Some statins also interact harmfully with other drugs. These problems may determine which statin is prescribed and when. Statin drugs can produce intestinal side effects, as well as damage to the liver. In a some people muscle tenderness and even destruction of muscle tissue can occur.
    - Zocor and Vytorin
    - Lipitor

    - Mevacor 
    - Lescol 
    - Pravachol 

  2. Fibric Acid Derivatives: This group works by lowering both cholesterol and triglycerides. It can also increase HDL levels. It has a number of side effects including gastrointestinal discomfort, aching muscles, sensitivity to sunlight, and skin rashes.
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    Atromid-S
    - Lopid 
    Tricor

  3. Nicotinic Acid (niacin or vitamin B3): This group works by lowering total cholesterol and LDL cholestero. It can also raise HDL cholesterol and lower triglycerides. Nicotinic acid is found in many food, but is also available in high doses both in suppplements and in prescription form. Its main side effects are flushing, itching, tingling and headache.
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    Niacin
    - Nicotinic Acid
    - Niaspan ER (nicotinic acid slow release)

  4. Bile-Acid Sequestrants: This group works from inside of the intestinal traact. Here they bind to bile from the liver and prevent it from being reabsorbed into the circulation. Bile is made largely from cholesterol, so this specific group of drugs act to deplete the body’s supply of cholesterol. Their most common side effects are constipation, bloating and stomach upset.
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    Cholestid 
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    Questran and Questran Light