LDL: The 'Bad' Cholesterol
What You Can Do continued...
Regular aerobic exercise, the kind that gets your heart pumping, also lowers your levels.
If diet and exercise aren't enough, your doctor may suggest medications. Some drugs, like statins, help block the making of cholesterol in your liver. Other medicines reduce the amount of cholesterol your body absorbs from your diet.
There is also a new class of drugs that you take as a shot rather than in pill form. These meds work by blocking a protein that interferes with the way your liver removes LDL from your blood. They're recommended for people who can't use statins or who have a severe form of high cholesterol.
Remember, many things besides cholesterol affect your chances of getting heart disease. Smoking, diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, and lack of exercise also raise the risk. It's important to lower your LDL, but don't ignore these other health issues.