Evaluate the use of the two types of drugs, statins and cholesterol blockers, for a person with high cholesterol levels.
Diet and inherited factors affect the level of cholesterol in a person’s blood. Too much cholesterol may cause deposits of fat to build up in blood vessels and reduce the flow of blood. This may cause the person to have a heart attack. Some drugs can lower the amount of cholesterol in the blood. The body needs cholesterol. Cells use cholesterol to make new cell membranes and some hormones. The liver makes cholesterol for the body. Some drugs can help people with high cholesterol levels.
Statins block the enzyme in the liver that is used to produce cholesterol. People will normally have to take statins for the rest of their lives. Statins can lead to muscle damage and kidney problems. Using some statins for a long time has caused high numbers of deaths.
Cholesterol blockers reduce the absorption of cholesterol from the intestine. Cholesterol blockers can sometimes cause problems if the person is using other drugs.
There are two types of cholesterol: LDL (low density lipoprotein) and HDL (high density lipoprotein), of which LDL is bad for our health and HDL is good. The description provides details of two different drugs to help people with cholesterol: Statins and cholesterol blockers. Each of these has its own mechanism of action and has its own pros and cons. Statins work on the liver and blocks the production of cholesterol in our liver.
Cholesterol blocker combines with the cholesterol that we ingest with food and form compounds that cannot be absorbed by our intestines. Interestingly, cholesterol blockers do not affect the cholesterol production in our liver, which can be affected by the statins.
From the given description, it appears that statins are a permanent addition to one's diet and can be very harmful (even fatal) to people. Cholesterol blockers are, on the other hand, somewhat more benign to our body, although can be somewhat harmful.
A person's choice of use of statins or cholesterol blockers to treat high cholesterol levels is dependent on his/her condition and can be best prescribed by the medical practitioners.
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