18 Apr 2016
The maximum that one can reduce cholesterol without Medicines is 10 to 15%. This may well be OK in some groups of people, this is not adequate in some.. Exercise does help in reducing cholesterol, fruits no.. Examples of people who definitely need Medicines called statins are 1. People who have coronary artery disease - angina, bypass surgery, angioplasty, 2. People with diabetes, 3. People who R 1st-degree relatives of patients with coronary artery disease and 4. People above 50yrs.
Role of diet in lowering high cholesterol is very limited. That does not mean that one should continue with junk food. Daily workout will help to increase the good cholesterol. Medication to lower cholesterol is necessary if you are already suffering from coronary artery disease or if u are a first degree relative of a person suffering from it, if you are diabetic, or if you are past 50 years.
Elevated cholesterol can also be due to receptor abnormalities. In that case medicines a must. If it's due to high consumption of fatty food reduction of fatty food and regular exercise will help. Thyroid abnormalities also cause raised cholesterol ...if so it should be corrected. Stress also causes cholesterol, if values are much high medicines are must. Regular exercise will help to reduce the dose of medicine needed but diet control also needed.
Yes, you can definitely control High Cholesterol without medicines.... But this may be effective in a relatively small number of people. Well, there are atleast three steps in the control of high Cholesterol. Step 1.Diet control alone Step 2. Diet control + Exercise Step 3. Diet control + Exercise + Medicines See, even in those patients who is being treated with Medicines Diet and exercise is a co prescription or an essential integral part of the treatment. These measures have an addictive effect...like force multiplication. But do remember that there are several clinical situations where Cholesterol lowering medications are almost mandatory. Some of these medicines especially the Statin group of medications have other benefits in addition to Cholesterol lowering. So If you are asked to take a statin don't hesitate to take it.