Help for your cholesterol when the statins won't do

If you are one of the many, but also one of the few...

After a routine check-up, your doctor says that you are one of the many, the 100 million Americans with an unhealthy cholesterol level. Since you are already pretty careful about your diet and you walk every day, medication is the next step. Like most physicians, your doctor prescribes one of the statin drugs. It's a good choice; these widely popular drugs can lower LDL ("bad") cholesterol levels by 20%–60%, thus reducing the risk of cardiac events (unstable angina, heart attacks, and cardiac deaths) by 24%–37%. If that's not enough reason to start therapy with a statin drug, consider that it appears to reduce the risk of stroke by 24%–31% — and it may even protect you against osteoporosis ("thin bones") and dementia.

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