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EZETIMIBE: A NEW CLASS OF CHOLESTEROL-LOWERING DRUGS

In 2003, the Canadian government approved Ezetrol, a drug to block the absorption of cholesterol from the food that you eat.

More than 80 percent of the cholesterol in your bloodstream is made by your liver. Less than 20 percent comes from the food that you eat. The treatment for abnormal cholesterol values is to restrict excess calories, saturated and partially hydrogenated fats, and sugar and other refined carbohydrates, to eat lots of vegetables and other plant foods, to avoid overweight and high blood pressure, and to exercise.

When these methods are not effective, doctors prescribe drugs that have been available for 15 years, to reduce the amount of cholesterol made by your liver. Now doctors may also prescribe the new drugs that block cholesterol absorption from food, in combination with diet and drugs to block the liver from making cholesterol.

Reported 9/1/03, checked 8/31/05

May 19th, 2013
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Sports medicine doctor, fitness guru and long-time radio host Gabe Mirkin, M.D., brings you news and tips for your healthful lifestyle. A practicing physician for more than 50 years and a radio talk show host for 25 years, Dr. Mirkin is a graduate of Harvard University and Baylor University College of Medicine. He is board-certified in four specialties: Sports Medicine, Allergy and Immunology, Pediatrics and Pediatric Immunology. The Dr. Mirkin Show, his call-in show on fitness and health, was syndicated in more than 120 cities. Read More
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