Are you taking medicine to lower your cholesterol? If you're not, you might be soon. There are new guidelines for the way doctors are treating high cholesterol.
According to a specialist the biggest change is ignoring the numbers and focusing on a new cholesterol lowering medication called Statin.
For years the goal was to lower the bad cholesterol below 100, but with the new guidelines those targets are being completely eliminated. Instead a cholesterol lowering Statin drug is being recommended. Doctors determine who needs this treatment by finding out certain risk factors and by asking four simple questions; Do you have heart disease? Do you have diabetes? Do you have bad cholesterol level more than 190? Is your 10-year risk of heart attack grater than 7.5 percent?
According to the new guidelines, if you answered yes to any of these questions you should be on Statin. 5 News talked to a local doctor who said bad cholesterol is usually genetic and you have to work with what you're given.
"If you're dealt a bad hand then you have to take that hand and make the best deal that you can. In this case by using medications which will bring your cholesterol in line or help to reduce some of the risk factors of what we're looking for and that's what an individual needs to be looking for," said Dr. Thomas Lauderman, Physician and Salem Center Genesis Healthcare
Experts say to exercise and keep up with your health. The Salem Center had a health fair Wednesday and a nurse their said why it's so important to go to these to help with all aspects of your health.
"Healthcare is changing. Prevention is what's foremost in everybody's mind because we don't want our disease process to escalate and require more hospitalizations and more medications. So prevention is the key," said Pamela George, Regional Marketing Director for Genesis Healthcare.
Following up with your doctor is the best way to stay healthy and of course staying active!