By: Riffat Sadiq, MD
Good vs. Bad Cholesterol
While lowering levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol is beneficial to health, the best approach is to increase amounts of good high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol and lower triglyceride fats. Combining the popular statin drugs, which lower LDL levels, with a medication that increases HDL levels and lowers triglyceride levels has achieved the healthiest cholesterol levels, according to a recent study. Controlling your cholesterol levels is easier when you know your body and are aware of your health issues and options. The first step to healthier cholesterol levels is finding out your current levels of HDL, LDL and triglyceride fats. At WNY Medical we think that knowledge is power in caring for yourself, and we are happy to share the knowledge in our columns. We are accepting new patients so please call our office to discuss your personal health.