Statins lower cholesterol levels. They do this by blocking your liver cells from making cholesterol. By doing so, statins can help prevent heart attacks and strokes.
Cholesterol is a fat-like substance that is very important for your body. It helps make up cell membranes and certain hormones. But too much cholesterol in your blood is bad. This is especially true of LDL (low density lipoprotein) cholesterol or “bad” cholesterol. It can clog your arteries. This can lead to a heart attack or stroke.
Cholesterol comes from two sources: from your liver and from the food you eat. On average, most of the cholesterol in your body is made by liver cells.
Statins work by blocking an important step in making cholesterol. This lowers how much cholesterol is made by your liver cells. This leads to less cholesterol floating around in your blood. There is less of it to clog your arteries.
Statins also work by lowering inflammation levels in your blood. This prevents plaques from breaking loose and causing a heart attack or stroke.
Statins are one way to lower your cholesterol. You also need to follow a heart-healthy lifestyle. This includes a healthy diet and regular exercise.
Statins are a way to help keep heart disease at bay!