Better than statins. (Quick Studies).What lowers LDL LDL - ["LDL: A Logic-Based Data-Language", S. Tsur et al, Proc VLDB 1986, Kyoto Japan, Aug 1986, pp.33-41]. ("bad") cholesterol better than statin drugs? Statins Statins
A class of drugs commonly used to lower LDL cholesterol levels.
Mentioned in: C-Reactive Protein plus a healthy diet.
Researchers gave 120 men with high cholesterol Cholesterol, High Definition
Cholesterol is a fatty substance found in animal tissue and is an important component to the human body. It is manufactured in the liver and carried throughout the body in the bloodstream. either the statin drug Zocor or a placebo and instructed them to eat either their usual diet or a Mediterranean-type diet.
The Mediterranean diet Mediterranean diet Nutrition A diet that differs by country, characterized by ↑ consumption of olive oil, complex carbohydrates, vegetables, ↓ red meat. See Diet, Mediterranean diet pyramid. Cf Affluent diet. was high in fruits and vegetables and low in saturated and trans fats (the meat was lean and the cheese, milk, and yogurt were low-fat). The diet replaced the saturated and trans fats with unsaturated fats, especially omega-3 fats (from fish, canola oil Noun 1. canola oil - vegetable oil made from rapeseed; it is high in monounsaturated fatty acids
vegetable oil, oil - any of a group of liquid edible fats that are obtained from plants , and canola margarine).
After 12 weeks, the diet had cut LDL by 11 percent, Zocor had cut it by 30 percent, and diet plus Zocor had cut it by 41 percent. A bonus: the Mediterranean diet wiped out the (unwanted) 13-percent rise in insulin levels caused by the Zocor.
What to do: Whether or not you take statin drugs, eat plenty of fruits and vegetables and replace saturated and trans fats (in meats, dairy, and store-bought or restaurant sweet baked goods and fried foods) with unsaturated fats (in foods like fish, oils, nuts, salad dressing, and avocado).
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