Studies have shown that there are benefits of lowering cholesterol. In 1995, there was a report by the West of Scotland Coronary Prevention Study (WOSCOPS) that for 5 years monitored the high cholesterol level of 6500 men. One half the men took provostatin, a drug that reduces cholesterol, while others had a placebo.
The following were the results:
Cholesterol levels reduced by 20 percent
Bad LDL cholesterol reduced by 26 percent
Risk of heart attack reduced by 31 percent
Angioplasty and bypass surgery needs, reduced by 37 percent
Total deaths from all causes reduced by 22 percent and
Cardiovascular deaths reduced by 32 percent. In 1998, the Air Force/Texas Coronary Atherosclerosis Prevention Study (AFCAPS/TexCAPS) administered lovastatin, another cholesterol-lowering drug.
These were the results:
Risk of a first main coronary issue reduced by 37 percent when taken by people with average cholesterol levels
Overall cholesterol levels reduced by 18 percent
LDL-cholesterol levels reduced by 25 percent, following a year treatment
Heart attack reduced by 40 percent
Unbalanced angina reduced by 32 percent
Angioplasty and bypass surgery needs, reduced by 33 percent
Total cardiovascular issues reduced by 25 percent. Statins are the generally used drugs to reduce bad LDL cholesterol or high total cholesterol. They do this by hindering the enzyme HMG-CoA reductase, which limits the rate of the enzyme in cholesterol creation. Hindering this enzyme in the liver translates to increasing the clearance of LDL from circulation and a reduction of cholesterol in the blood.
The effects are seen just after a week. Maximum effect is seen after four to six weeks. A lot of commercial satin drugs in the US can be found in Medicine Direct There are other agents used together with statins that decrease overall cholesterol and LDL levels. They hinder cholesterol absorption in the intestine.
There are lots of ways the lipid profile can be improved without the use of drugs:
Moderate the volume of fats (animal and saturated) that you consume
Exercise regularly to reduce weight in order to have a positive reduction of LDL and triglyceride levels, and also increase the good HDL levels
Reduce alcohol intake to increase HDL cholesterol
Eat a lot of fruits and vegetables
Increasing the consumption of monounsaturated fats also helps the lipid profile. Health should not be valued only when it is about to be lost. The body is the only place one can live and hence, should be taken care of.