Diet Versus Drugs for High Cholesterol

By Adem Lewis / in , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , /

“Diet Versus Drugs for High Cholesterol” To combat dyslipidemia,
which includes high cholesterol, patients have several treatment options that include drugs, diet,
and/or lifestyle changes. Drugs are effective, but
produce adverse side effects in a significant proportion of patients. Statins, such as Lipitor, are
the most widely prescribed, but they produce adverse effects
in up to a third of patients. Adverse effects are also associated
with the other drugs in common usage. “Adverse effects may include liver,
muscle, and kidney dysfunctions; skin disorders; abdominal pain;
nausea; constipation; dizziness; flushing; neurological disorders;
and cognitive impairment. On the other hand,
therapies based on dietary and lifestyle changes produce
little or no adverse effects [in fact, tend to have
positive side effects] and are the cornerstone of recommendations by the [official U.S. body]…
American Heart Association… [as well as the
international guidelines]. Recommendations include reduced
intake of saturated fat and cholesterol while increasing physical activity
and intake of dietary fiber.” So, we need to eat fewer animal foods,
the only source of cholesterol, and more plants, the only source of fiber.

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