Cholesterol Drugs

Cholesterol drugs are used to treat high Cholesterol levels present in blood which could lead to stroke and heart attack. Cholesterol is a soft fat which needs to travel through the bloodstream. But because cholesterol is a fat, it separates from the blood, similar to the way that oil separates from water. There are two types of Cholesterol; Good and Bad known as HDL and LDL.

Reasons, Occurrence and Risk Factors

The good form of cholesterol picks up excess cholesterol dropped off by low-density lipoproteins (LDLs) and transports it to your liver.
The risk factors is present in your diet only as cholesterol is only made by animals, so you can only get it by eating animal products, such as:

  • Meat
  • Chicken
  • Fish
  • Eggs
  • Butter
  • Cheese
  • Whole milk

Cholesterol can also increase by consumption of

  • Alcohol
  • Fried Foods
  • Foods with MSG

Symptoms

Current guidelines recommend that everyone over the age of 20 should get their cholesterol checked at least once every five years. High blood cholesterol occurs when there is too much cholesterol in your blood. Your cholesterol level is determined partly by your genetic makeup and the saturated fat and cholesterol in the foods you eat.

The symptoms of High Cholesterol are

Signs and Tests

The risk of developing coronary heart disease increases as your blood cholesterol level rises. Your doctor can measure your level with a blood sample taken from your finger or your arm and will confirm this result with a second test if your HDL is less than LDL.

The only way to find Cholesterol in your blood is through Blood test. This you can do at your home or your healthcare providers Clinic.

Home Cholesterol Test:
Prick you finger to take a drop of blood. Then you put the drop of blood on a piece of paper that contains special chemicals. The paper will change color, depending on how much cholesterol is in your blood. Some testing kits use a small machine to tell you how much cholesterol is in the sample.

Lab Cholesterol Test or Lipid Profile Test
The professional blood cholesterol test called a "lipoprotein profile" or "lipid profile" to find out your cholesterol levels. This test is done after a 9- to 12-hour fast and gives information about the Total cholesterol, LDL, HDL and Triglycerides.

Prevention

  • Reducing the amount of saturated fat and cholesterol in your diet helps to lower your blood cholesterol level.
  • Foods that are low in saturated fat include fat-free or 1 percent dairy products, lean meats, fish, skinless poultry, whole grain foods, and fruits and vegetables should be consumed more.
  • Foods high in cholesterol should be limited, including liver and other organ meats, egg yolks, and full-fat dairy products.
  • Following a strict and a regular exercise regime or meditation is also advised.
  • Get your blood tested regularly to check the levels of Cholesterol.

Treatment

There are lot of natural treatments are available to decrease cholesterol level but having cholesterol drugs is the option which is accepted by most people.

Some treatments are like drinking Green Tea, having more Soy Foods, Having Vitamin B3 or Niacin and more of the Cholesterol drugs such as Lipitor, Zocor, Pravachol, Zetia, Vytorin and many others.

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