Lower Cholesterol with Statins

When combined with a healthful meal plan and exercise, drugs called statins can reduce cholesterol and protect your heart.


Good blood glucose levels aren't the only numbers that can reduce your risk of complications when living with diabetes. By keeping your cholesterol (blood lipids) in check, you can reduce your risk of heart disease, the major cause of death among people with diabetes.

The good news: High cholesterol is treatable

The first course of action to reduce high LDL (bad) cholesterol is two-fold:

  • eating fewer high-fat meats, eggs, and dairy products

  • getting physical activity every day

Even with a healthful lifestyle, however, cholesterol levels can remain high. For high cholesterol that won't decrease with diet and exercise, doctors call on a group of drugs called statins.