[Sterols] are being used as a safer alternative to statins with great success...
New York, NY (PRWEB) September 14, 2010
Patients Medical, a leading integrative medical center in New York City, reminds adults to get their serum cholesterol tested and offers tips on how to lower high cholesterol safely and naturally, in observance of National Cholesterol Education Month (September).
Serum cholesterol is the level of lipids (fat) in your blood. Traditionally, high low-density lipoproteins (LDLs) and low high-density lipoproteins (HDLs) are a red flag for cardiovascular disease and heart attacks. “Most conventional doctors would prescribe a statin such as Lipitor or Crestor to bring down high LDL’s, but some of these prescriptions may have side effects that severely affect the patient’s quality of life, including nausea, kidney failure, insomnia, erectile dysfunction, as well as nerve and liver damage,” explains Dr. Rashmi Gulati, Medical Director at Patients Medical.
“In cases that are not acute, diet and lifestyle modification are very effective in balancing cholesterol. Simply by eliminating junk food, increasing the amount of whole, nutritious foods consumed, including appropriate exercise and stress management techniques, many peoples’ cholesterol levels balance effectively without the use of any prescribed substance,” says Dr. Gulati.
Plant sterols are another approach to treating high LDL's that has received media attention lately. “These phytosterols are naturally-derived substances, popping up in fortified foods and as supplements that have shown to be gentler than statins while helping to lower the LDL’s by blocking absorption of cholesterol in the intestines. They are being used as a safer alternative to statins with great success in tandem with diet and lifestyle modifications,” adds Dr. Gulati.
Patients Medical’s team of physicians seeks to educate their patients and the general public on cholesterol, heart health and overall wellness. The next complimentary webinar, “Is Your Cholesterol Medicine Killing You?” will be held on Thursday, September 16th at 6:30pm Eastern. Dr. Gulati will discuss holistic ways of treating high cholesterol and will address harmful effects of statins and benefits of more natural substances like plant sterols, and will also answer questions from participants.
About Patients Medical
Patients Medical (http://www.patientsmedical.com ) is a unique integrative medicine center in Manhattan that combines the best of traditional and holistic medicine with modern technology to provide comprehensive care. Established in 1974, the center employs a multi-disciplinary staff including Board Certified Internists, licensed practitioners and nutritionists. The practice specializes in diagnosing the root cause of an ailment, then healing the whole person with personalized protocols that draw upon ancient healing techniques alongside Western Medical perspectives.