A large contributing factor in the amount of LDLc receptors in the body is the amount of cholesterol in the liver, and it's this aspect of statins which leads to lower levels of circulating cholesterol.
Statins as medication are designed specifically to lower your general cholesterol level. Cholesterol is found in every cell of your body, and is made by your body as part of its general, day to day operation. It only becomes a problem when you artificially increase your cholesterol levels through diet.
But unlike a lot of medication, statins don't actually stop the production of cholesterol in the body. Instead, they deal with the ways that cholesterol is dealt with by your body, allowing you to reduce your cholesterol levels naturally. Here's how that works.
Cholesterol: What you need to know
There are two types of cholesterol in the body. These are called High Density Lipoproteins and Low Density Lipoproteins, (HDL and LDL.) HDL is generally regarded as the good cholesterol, and high levels of HDL are normally nothing to be concerned about. In fact, HDL is actually responsibly for picking up cholesterol within the rest of the body and bringing it back to the liver.
However, LDL is seen as a bad cholesterol as it tends to cause the problems associated with high cholesterol, which include:
- Narrowing and hardening the arteries
- Chest pain
- Heart attacks
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