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Cholesterol Lowering Medication; Statins

Cholesterol can be divided into two, the good cholesterol and bad cholesterol (Low Density Lipoprotein). Statins as cholesterol drug works to lower the amount of bad cholesterol.

Statins works by limiting the action of an enzyme that works to make cholesterol in the liver organ. When the enzyme does not produce cholesterol causes a person’s blood cholesterol levels to be down, primarily LDL. Statins is a type of cholesterol drug that is widely used for its potency.

Good cholesterol level could prevent heart disease and stroke which are degenerative diseases experienced by many people around the world.

Some of the well-known statins medications are:

  • Atorvastatin (Lipitor)
  • Lovastatin (Mevacor)
  • Rosuvastatin (Crestor)
  • Simvastatin (Zocor)
  • Pravastatin (Pravachol)
  • Flovastatin (Lescol)
  • Pitavastatin (Livalo)

Like most drugs, statins also have some side effects such as headache, diarrhea, nausea, difficulty sleeping and etc. But most of the time people who use statins do not experience the side effects.

If statins combined with a healthy diet foods such as vegetables and fruits coupled with regular exercise can improve expected results. Avoiding alcohol and cigarettes is also important for general health and well-being in addition to helping the treatment of cholesterol.