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Step One Foods Definitive Guide to Cholesterol and Statins

This free guide was created to help you better understand the effects of cholesterol and statins. For those that can’t or don’t want to rely solely on medication to improve their cholesterol, Dr. Klodas addresses simple alternative options in her guide. Enter your email address to get the guide for FREE.

What Are Statins?

Statins are a group of medications used to lower cholesterol.  70 Million Americans are candidates for statin therapy, primarily on the basis of high cholesterol levels.

How Statins Work

Cholesterol is packaged and processed in the liver and statins inhibit a liver enzyme called HMG-CoA reductase. When HMG-CoA reductase is inhibited, cholesterol production in the liver slows down. When cholesterol production in the liver falls, circulating levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol drop. In general, at maximum dose, statins can lower LDL by 30-50%.

What Are Statin Alternatives?

There are many ways to get to a better cholesterol level, and the good news is risk reduction is the same whether you get there through drugs or food. Check out Dr. Klodas' blog "Alternatives to Statin Medications" learn more.

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Minimize Statin Side Effects

Although most people taking statin drugs tolerate them very well, some can develop side effects, especially with high medication doses. This typically manifests as muscle aches, but some individuals notice reversible cognitive impairment, drug interactions, or are concerned about an increased risk for developing diabetes. The good news is that you can minimize (and possibly eliminate) statin side effects by lowering your medication dose with cholesterol reducing foods. If you’re hoping to reduce your statin dose, please talk to your physician. We never advocate that you stop or modify your medication regimen on your own.

Why Step One Foods?

Step One Foods was developed by cardiologist Elizabeth Klodas, MD who wanted to offer her patients a simple dietary solution for reducing and maintaining healthy cholesterol levels. To overcome the biggest barriers to eating better - time and complicated meal planning - Dr. Klodas developed a food-based approach with products that are convenient, science-based and delightful to eat.

What a strategic dietary change can do for you (in as few as 30 days).

Lower total LDL Cholesterol

Lower blood pressure

Reduce inflammation & improve blood flow

Improve blood sugar

Lose weight

Step One Whole Oats and Walnut Pancake Mix

Clinically Proven

Step One Foods were subjected to a clinical trial, similar to pharmaceutical trials used to evaluate efficacy. The trial proved that Step One helps support healthy cholesterol levels with trial participants experiencing, on average, a 9% reduction in LDL cholesterol. Some participants experienced cholesterol-lowering results similar to those you’d expect from statin medications.

The Step One Foods program,
step-by-step.

Get a baseline cholesterol test.

If you haven’t had a cholesterol test in the last 6 months, be sure to get one before starting with Step One Foods. This is how you’ll measure your success!

Enjoy two servings per day.

Substitute Step One Foods products for something you’d normally eat - you’ll find favorites for every time of day! Eat the rest of your meals like normal.

Use for at least 30 days.

To see measurable results, use the products consistently twice per day for at least 30 days. Schedule a follow-up cholesterol test for the end of your 30-day period.

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