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Hypercholesterolemia Treatment – Non Pharmacological Treatment

Hypercholesterolemia treatment

depends on which lipid is high. In many cases, the focus is to treat the bad cholesterol levels in lowering them. The following article discusses all the possible ways of

non pharmacological treatment for hypercholesterolemia.

Non pharmacological treatment for hypercholesterolemia

involves diet and lifestyle changes. This helps in lowering the bad cholesterol levels to moderate levels.  People who are moderately affected with high levels of bad cholesterol can be well treated with this kind of treatment. If the bad cholesterol levels come up to acceptable levels, there will be no need of any pharmacological treatment.

Diet –

Diet should be very well maintained. Minimize the intake of fat and cholesterol foods as they raise cholesterol levels leading to hypercholesterolemia condition. Foods derived from animal sources, like dairy products and meats should be cut down. Follow the below dietary steps:

  • Eat lean meat, poultry and fish. Take away the skin from poultry and remove the fat from meat before cooking.
  • Avoid intake of processes and commercially prepared foods such as cookies, cakes, etc and deep fried foods.
  • Consume 1% or skim milk.
  • Eat more amounts of fruits, vegetables, cereals, breads, legumes, rice and pasta.
  • Use oils rich in unsaturated fats like olive, corn, safflower and canola oils for cooking.
  • Do not eat more than 2 eggs a week.
  • Instead of butter, use soft margarine.

Weight loss –

Try to lose weight as much as possible but gradually. Even a weight loss of 5 – 10 lbs can double the reduction in bad cholesterol levels.

Exercise –

Regular exercises help in raising good cholesterol and reducing bad cholesterol levels. For instance, going for a 30 minute walk for 3 – 4 times a week has a positive impact on lowering cholesterol levels.

The

FDA (Food and Drug Administration) recently approved 2 drugs for hypercholesterolemia

derived from margarine. They are

Benecol and Take Control.

Margarines derived from plants helps in reducing cholesterol absorption in the digestive tract, thereby reducing the cholesterol in the body by 7 – 10%. These drugs can very well be added to the non pharmacological treatment for hypercholesterolemia.
 

 

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