If diet and exercise are not having the desired impact on your cholesterol levels, it may be time to consider prescription medication.
“Usually, the first-line therapy is statin medication,” says Buttles.”If those are unsuccessful at getting cholesterol levels within the goal range, or if patients can’t tolerate them, there are other adjunct therapies.”
Patients trying to improve their cholesterol levels should have them checked frequently to see if they’re being affected. Buttles suggests every three to six months.
“A lifestyle built around exercise and healthy eating is your best defense, but if you’re having trouble with your cholesterol, you should have your numbers checked regularly and talk to your health care provider about additional options, if necessary,” she says.