Monday, June 22, 2009

New Study for Lowering Cholesterol

Keeping total cholesterol levels as well as LDL levels low has been a big focus in the medical community for the past decade. It seems that a new cholesterol drug is introduced weekly to compete for the top spot. The most common type of cholesterol lowering medications are a class of drugs referred to as statins. This class represents such prescription drugs as Lipitor, Crestor and Zocor, among many others. These drug do a fantastic job at lowering overall cholesterol levels. However, as with most prescription medications, there are many side effects to statin drugs. The most common of these side effects is mild to severe muscle pain and soreness.

As with most health conditions, I urge my patients to take an active role in becoming well. For patients with mild to moderate hypercholesterolemia (high cholesterol), I will always advise diet modifications, exercise and nutritional supplementation before conforming to the norm and taking a prescribed medication. There are many supplements available that have shown promise in lowering cholesterol. Most of these supplements are never going to work as well as a prescription drug because they are not as potent. However, these supplements will not have the harmful side effects as their powerful prescription counterparts.

A new study has emerged in the Annals of Internal Medicine about a natural supplement that has been around for a long time. This supplement is called red yeast rice. The study showed very promising results in lowering total cholesterol levels when combined with a better diet and exercise. This was a small study, so more investigation into this supplement is necessary. You can read more about this study by clicking the following link:

In addition to red yeast rice, supplements such as guggulipid (guggul extract), fish oils and pantethine have shown promise for lowering cholesterol. For more information, please visit or call us as (847) 673-6600!

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