Combination of statins and exercise 'best option to lower cholesterol'

29 November 2012

Individuals who combine exercise with taking statins to lower high cholesterol levels can drastically cut their risk of mortality, a new study has indicated.

Peter Kokkinos, of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Washington, D.C, explained that whatever statins do is independent of the result of exercise, HealthDay reports.

"When you combine the two, you get even better results," he noted. 

"If you are taking statins, your mortality is about 35 per cent lower versus not taking statins, but if you exercise, your mortality level decreases as your fitness level increases to the point where you can reach a 70 per cent reduction in mortality."

The expert explained that the level of exercise he is referring to is regular moderate - not high-intensity workouts. He recommended about 150 minutes of brisk walking each week.

Researchers found that fewer deaths occurred among veterans who were physically fit and took statins. However, it was also found that the fittest people cut their risk of dying by around 60 per cent, regardless of whether they took statins.

Posted by Edward Bartel

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