12 June 2007
Diet, weight loss, and regular exercise are the first steps to lower blood cholesterol and prevent coronary heart disease. If you smoke, you should stop. Reducing dietary saturated fat intake is the most common means of reducing blood cholesterol. If these measures are not enough, medicines will be recommended. Medicines used to treat high blood fat (lipid) levels (called hyperlipidaemia) include:
It is important to get your cholesterol levels checked regularly.
- Statins, which help to remove LDL cholesterol from the blood.
- Niacin, a B vitamin, makes the body produce less cholesterol.
- Cholestyramine and colestipol, which reduces the amount of cholesterol absorbed into the body from the bowel (intestine).
- Fibrates, also help to remove cholesterol from the blood
- Probucol, an antioxidant, helps to stop cholesterol from being changed into a more harmful chemical form which prevents it attacking blood vessels.
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By Astra Zeneca (A community public education information)