The lipid-lowering drugs that are used to reduce blood levels of cholesterol. The latter is produced by the liver from the fats in our diet. It is essential since it is used to form cell membranes and certain hormones … and the equation is simple: the more fat we consume, the more our liver synthesizes cholesterol.
There are actually two types of cholesterol: HDL (high-density lipoprotein) and LDL (low-density lipoprotein). (Very) schematically, the role of the first is to clean our arteries of fat deposited by the second. In other words, the more “cleaner” HDL will be compared to many “encrasseurs” LDL, the more will our arteries clean. However, the more LDL will be, the more they will be blocked.
The goal of treatment is to lower cholesterol levels of “bad” cholesterol. There are currently four major families of lipid-lowering:
– Inhibitors of intestinal absorption.
Note that the use of anti-cholesterol should always be associated with a return to rules appropriate lifestyle modifications: a diet low in animal fat, healthy and varied, and regular exercise. For any questions, ask your doctor.