cholesterol was border line and taking Zocor
Last July my Dr. did blood workand after the results said nothing about my cholesterol this January he said my cholesterol was border line and wanted me to start taking Zocor I have read the side effects and I don't think I want to take it.
I owuld rather take a natural supplement to lower it > what should I take?
Hallo dear Madam,
Borderline cholesterol is considered having cholesterol level between 200mg/dl -239mg/dl. This means that your cholesterol is above normal, but not quite in the “high-level’ range.
To conclude borderline-cholesterol, apart from total cholesterol levels, the LDL-cholesterol level and HDL-cholesterol levels must be taken into consideration.
To bring borderline-cholesterol down to the normal range, usually lifestyle changes are enough. But, some people might need the use of medicament to achieve this goal.
The lifestyle and home remedies that you might want to take into consideration in order to reduce your cholesterol levels are as following:
1. Eating a healthy diet- you might be delighted in how some rich-fiber foods and cholesterol-lowering foods can reduce your cholesterol levels.
a. Eating healthy fats (monosaturated) fats is healthier for you. Monosaturated fats are found in olive, peanuts, canola oil, almonds and walnuts.
b. Try to eliminate trans-fats, found in margarines, commercially baked cookies, snack etc. They are bad for your health and increase your cholesterol levels.
c. Limit your daily cholesterol- your daily cholesterol intake should be no more than 300 mg per day. And, if you have any heart disease, aim less than 200 mg cholesterol per day.
d. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables- they are rich in fibers and help in lowering your cholesterol levels.
2. Exercise regularly- Exercise can improve your cholesterol levels. 30-60 minute exercising would be best. Try riding a bicycle, running, swimming etc. If you cannot exercise 30 consecutive minutes, exercising in 10-minute intervals also works.
3. Quitting smoking- quitting smoking increases your HLD-cholesterol levels and reduces the risk of heart diseases.
4. Losing weight- if you are overweight, losing the extra-pounds will decrease your cholesterol levels.
In case of borderline cholesterol, these changes will be enough. But, in some cases this precautions do not reduce the cholesterol levels up to the normal range, and you might need to start medications.
I would recommend you do talk to your doctor concerning your problem to use Zocor( which is a statin drug, and statin drugs are known to have numerous troublesome side effects), and together decide which treatment strategy is best for you.