Fiber Beats Statins in Reducing LDL Levels

JANUARY 01, 2005

Patients concerned about the side effects of statin drugs (ie, kidney and muscle function) may find a fiber alternative beneficial. During the recent American Heart Association meeting, the researchers reported that individuals can add a fiber supplement to their diet and see the same effect as doubling the dose of statins. The results of the study also supported the recommendation that a healthy diet high in natural fiber is the best prevention against heart disease and cholesterol.

In the study involving 68 patients, the participants who had taken 10-mg doses of simvastatin had lowered their low-density lipoprotein (LDL; "bad") cholesterol levels by 29% at the end of the 2-month study. The patients who had taken the same amount of simvastatin plus 3 doses a day of Metamucil (Procter & Gamble) had lowered their LDL cholesterol by 36%, the same percentage as those who had taken 20-mg doses of simvastatin. Metamucil contains psyllium husk, which is high in cholesterol-lowering fiber, according to researcher Abel Moreyra, MD.



SHARE THIS SHARE THIS
0
 

The Oncology Care Pharmacist in Health-System Pharmacy 
According to the National Cancer Institute, almost 40% of men and women will be given a diagnosis of some form of cancer in their lifetime.


 

Pharmacy Times Strategic Alliance
 

Conference Coverage
News from the year's biggest meetings


Pharmacist Education
Clinical features with downloadable PDFs


 

SIGN UP FOR THE PHARMACY TIMES NEWSLETTER
Personalize the information you receive by selecting targeted content and special offers.