High cholesterol has become one of the most common conditions in the United States - and, ironically, it's also one of the most misunderstood problems. Because symptoms often are relatively invisible, it usually is diagnosed in a routine blood test, for which physicians may prescribe medications. However, some medications have unpleasant side effects, ranging from pain to fatigue. And that's where the experts listed here come in. They contend that you can lower your cholesterol without medication or combine their techniques with lower doses of drugs to enhance your health without the side effects.
- Dr. Stephen Sinatra and Jonny Bowden say that the low fat, high carbohyrate diets often recommended for high cholesterol are all wrong. They focus on what they term the real causes of heart disease in their book: "The Great Cholesterol Myth: Why Lowering Your Cholesterol Won't Prevent Heart Disease-and the Statin-Free Plan That Will."
- Give Janet Brill, Ph.D., R.D., four weeks, and she says that she can lower your cholesterol without drugs. She provides you with a practical, carefully laid out program to enhance your health while balancing your cholesterol levels in her book: "Cholesterol Down: Ten Simple Steps to Lower Your Cholesterol in Four Weeks--Without Prescription Drugs."
- Is high cholesterol really a disease? Is your doctor using the right guidelines? And what should you be eating for optimal heart health? Answering those questions are experts Jimmy Moore, noted for his low-carb diet expertise and Dr. Eric Westman, who contributed to "New Atkins for a New You: The Ultimate Diet for Shedding Weight and Feeling Great." Their book features the latest information on how you should and can respond to your cholesterol levels: "Cholesterol Clarity: What The HDL Is Wrong With My Numbers?"