High Cholesterol Treatment

Written by Helen Glenn Court
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There are two kinds of high cholesterol treatment. One is lifestyle. The other is medication, either synthetic or natural. In most cases addressing lifestyle is enough. When genetics plays you foul, however, and you have a biological predisposition, high cholesterol treatment usually involves medications, whether pharmaceutical or natural, prescribed by your physician. Of course I will consult my doctor, you say to yourself, anticipating the disclaimer, but I want to learn more on my own so that I'll understand what my doctor is talking about.

Fortunately, in the last five to ten years, an amazing amount of health community literature on high cholesterol treatment has become convenient, thanks to the internet, so much that you might be overwhelmed. Remember that you cannot take any of it as gospel. But you can ground yourself on the basics. That's why you're reading this.

Pharmaceutical High Cholesterol Treatment

Combining high cholesterol medicine with a healthy heart diet is how you will get the most benefit from synthetic medications in high cholesterol treatment. There are four types: statins (the most common), niacin, bile-acid resins and fibric acid derviatives. Statins inhibit production of cholesterol in the liver, lower LDL, can boost HDL, and lower triglycerides. Niacin, or nicotinic acid, lowers LDL and raises HDL. Bile-acid resins reduce LDL levels during digestion. Fibric acid derivatives inhibit production of triglycerides and can boost HDL.

Natural High Cholesterol Treatment

Studies have demonstrated that various natural and herbal alternatives are very effective in high cholesterol treatment. Among them are gogul gum resin, the sugar cane wax derivative policosanol, the turmeric spice extract curcumin, fish oils with their omega-3-fatty acids, garlic, beta-sitosterol and the soluble plant fiber psyllium. All of them lower LDL levels.

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