Step One Foods Definitive Guide to Cholesterol Management & Statins
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%.
Minimize 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?
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.
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