When Diet Isn't Enough

Changing your diet can only go so far in cutting cholesterol levels. And because of their genetic makeup, that's not far enough for millions. Happily, there are all sorts of cholesterol-lowering nostrums available to help make up the difference, from well-tested prescription drugs to newer (and largely untested) alternative medicines. A brief guide:

STATINS When combined with a low-fat diet, these cholesterol-lowering drugs can cut the risk of death from heart disease 40%. Statins interfere with the liver's ability to make cholesterol, keeping LDL (bad) levels to a minimum while boosting levels of HDL (the good stuff).


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