Statins are a common form of treatment for reducing cholesterol, but there are effective alternatives as well. According to recent findings, a heart-healthy diet, other cholesterol-lowering medications, and intestinal bypass surgery were all found to provide cholesterol-lowering benefits similar to those of statins.
Senior investigator Dr. Marc Sabatine said, “The focus really should be not on a particular drug, but on reducing LDL cholesterol. These data show there are multiple interventions that can do that.”
Statins work by reducing the liver’s production of cholesterol. Over 25 percent of Americans over the age of 40 are taking statins. Dr. Sabatine explained, “The most recent guidelines in 2013 focused almost exclusively on statins and were silent on LDL cholesterol targets.”
The take-home message from the present study is that statins are not the only way to treat cholesterol, and other options are available. The study also stresses the importance of reducing LDL cholesterol as a means of lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease and other heart complications.