You go to the gym faithfully, and try to watch your diet. But after your annual physical, you find out that your blood cholesterol is surprisingly high. Your doctor calls you back to discuss taking a medication known as a statin.
Tips for Consumers
Whether you’re taking a statin or not, the following tips can help keep your cholesterol in check:
Talk with your healthcare provider about how often you should have your cholesterol checked.
Maintain a healthy weight.
When buying groceries, use the Nutrition Facts Label to choose foods lower in saturated fat, trans fats, and calories.
Eat more fruits and vegetables.
And remember, you should not stop taking any cholesterol-lowering medication you may be on without first talking to your healthcare provider.
Here are some commonly asked questions about cholesterol and statins.
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