If you're not taking a statin drug already, it's pretty likely that a doctor will try to prescribe you one soon—at least 12 million Americans currently take one of these cholesterol-lowering medications. Statins reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke for certain groups of people, so medical authorities say that they can be hugely beneficial.
There's a good chance that you have been diagnosed with "high" cholesterol, or that you will be soon—between 30 and 40% of American adults have LDL cholesterol of 130 or higher, and women usually experience a spike after menopause. And when that diagnosis comes, most doctors will pull out a prescription pad to get you started taking one of the cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins. In general, the medical community seems to love these drugs.
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When we were in our 20s, we never worried about things like cholesterol. But now, we're extremely familiar not only with cholesterol but also the fine print. When we get annual physicals, the cholesterol numbers consist of four figures: total cholesterol and its component parts, Low-density lipoprotein (LDL), high-density lipoprotein (HDL) and trigycerides (basically fats).