What are the treatment options for elevated cholesterol?
Cholesterol is essential for rebuilding and maintaining your health; but as your body produces all the cholesterol needed, whatever cholesterol you eat beyond a natural balance is simply available for storage, such as deposits on the walls of arteries. These deposits (plaques) can block the blood flow to your heart, or brain and other vital organs, and thereby increase your chances of getting a heart attack or stroke.
Treating high cholesterol is complicated and best worked out with your doctor. Lifestyle changes, such as better nutrition and exercising, can often help some individuals significantly lower their cholesterol, but also decrease the risk of diabetes and high blood pressure.
When lifestyle changes are not enough, medications can help lower your cholesterol, and thereby markedly decrease your risk of a heart attack or stroke.
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