You often hear people saying that once you have taken a cholesterol lowering drug, you can practically eat anything as you are safe. This statement is not true. Cholesterol in the bloodstream comes from certain foods while your liver makes some. Statins (class of drugs used to lower cholesterol levels) reduce the amount of cholesterol made by the liver but it does not reduce the cholesterol from the food we eat.
Doctors would always prescribed cholesterol lowering medication along with careful diet selection and lifestyle changes. Doctors would also suggest a nutritionist to assist you in the careful selection of meals that are high in cholesterol. Taking doctor prescribed medications with proper diet and lifestyle changes proves to be most effective in controlling cholesterol and reducing heart related problems.
High cholesterol would normally lead to other underlying conditions such as heart diseases, diabetes and other complications. It is good to consult a physician before the condition worsens.
Physicians practicing at Alpha Specialist Centre:
- Dr. Wong Wing Keen