Which Is Better To Lower Cholesterol: Diet or Medicine?

Lowering cholesterol is really about preventing heart disease and complications of cardiovascular disease. Lowering The Holistic approach to reducing CVD should include not only diet, but exercise and stress lowering. And medication may include both aspirin use (see app for who should take aspirin) and cholesterol lowering medications.And what medication would work depends on the type of lipid levels you have in your body ( Holistic approach to healing is to use lifestyle modifications to solve all medical woes, and reserve medication for only those scenarios that are very resistant: those with genetic resistance, those who cannot tolerate the diets that would work, and those who need faster results are examples of good reasons to take medication for a medical condition. Cholesterol blood level management is one of those conditions that seems to fall in this category. We often find out young in life that our cholesterol needs management, and we have extremely effective medications that have been shown to be safe and rapid in cholesterol management. Often it's a bargaining chip for you and your health care provider with the 'you can eventually get off the medicine' carrot that is held out as the last bit of force to push you to medication. One question asked by Gynecologic Oncologists at Albert Einstein Center, and published in the July 2015 issue of Obstetrics and Gynecology, is the fact that statin therapy can help you survive cancer a good enough reason to start on medicine? It turns out that statin use has been associated with decreased incidence and death from multiple cancers including: breast, colon, ovarian, pancreas, gastrointestinal tract, liver, and now uterine endometrial cancer. Often these patients take both aspirin and statins to decrease heart disease risk, and this particular study can't exactly be extrapolated to women without a current diagnosis of cancer. But given that 1/8 women have breast cancer in their lifetime, it makes us think that this is another important subject to gab with your gyno about!


  1. When considering cholesterol medication, did you know that statin medication to lower cholesterol has also been shown to decrease the incidence and death from cancers of the breast, colon, pancreas, gastrointestinal tract, liver, endometrium, and ovary.


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