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How are medications used to help with LDL levels?

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If healthy foods and exercise aren't enough, your doctor may suggest medications. Some drugs, like statins, help block your body from making cholesterol. Other medicines lower the amount of cholesterol your body gets from food you eat. There are also drugs that you take as a shot rather than as a pill. These meds block 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.

From: LDL: The 'Bad' Cholesterol WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "LDL and HDL Cholesterol: What's Bad and What's Good?"

Tabas, I.   2002. Journal of Clinical Investigation,

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "High Blood Cholesterol: What You Need to Know."

Jenkins, D.K.   July 23, 2003. JAMA,

Stefanick, M.L.   1998. New England Journal of Medicine,

American Heart Association: "Good Cholesterol vs. Bad Cholesterol."

Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine: "Carbohydrates: Complex Carbs vs Simple Carbs."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on May 7, 2019

SOURCES:

American Heart Association: "LDL and HDL Cholesterol: What's Bad and What's Good?"

Tabas, I.   2002. Journal of Clinical Investigation,

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: "High Blood Cholesterol: What You Need to Know."

Jenkins, D.K.   July 23, 2003. JAMA,

Stefanick, M.L.   1998. New England Journal of Medicine,

American Heart Association: "Good Cholesterol vs. Bad Cholesterol."

Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine: "Carbohydrates: Complex Carbs vs Simple Carbs."

Reviewed by James Beckerman on May 7, 2019

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