The world offers plenty of reasons for you to live an unhealthy lifestyle. Fast food centers are everywhere and are available 24 hours a day. More and more people are suffering from heart diseases nowadays. The rate of morbidity is increasing annually and the ages of those being affected are also getting younger. Keeping your heart healthy is something that you have to consider seriously. There will come a point in your life where lifestyle modifications (like low fat diets, daily routine exercises and smoking cessation) are not just sufficient enough to control cholesterol levels in the body. Your cardiologist may prescribe you generic drugs to keep your vital organs functioning and in good condition.
Cholesterol is a substance that is vital in normal cell functioning and maintenance. Your body really needs a dose of cholesterol because it is responsible in developing cell walls, making hormones, fat digestion and other important processes in the body. The human body already produces a significant amount of cholesterol enough for daily cell requirement. And yet, it is also substantially present in the food that we are regularly taking in. Just imagine the amount of cholesterol that we are constantly exposed to everyday. When we have increased levels of cholesterol in our body, the excess and unused amounts are usually building up in the walls of our arteries. Once they harden, they form atherosclerotic plaques, which are indeed detrimental to a person's health since it can lead to narrowing and hardening of your arteries. Arteries are the ones that carry blood coming from the heart to the other organs of your body. Imagine having them clogged up! It is like depriving your body organs with the oxygen and nutrients that they need for proper functioning.
In order to maintain your blood cholesterol levels, you'll need to know how to identify some generic drugs:
- Statins - They are among the basic pharmacological treatments for controlling cholesterol levels in the body. This drug classification can minimize the formation of plaques in the arteries thus helping in stroke prevention. It can also reduce the amounts of low density lipoproteins (LDL) and high density lipoproteins (HDL) in the body. They also reduce the occurrence of blood clots, reduce cardiac rhythm abnormalities and improve the overall vascular functioning. Commonly prescribed statins include Lovastatin, Simvastatin (generic Zocor), Atorvastatin and Pravastatin.
- Niacin - This is one of the cheapest choices available right now. Niacin (also known as vitamin B3) is believed to decrease the levels of the bad cholesterols (VLDL) in the body by blocking the production of free fatty acids.
India has been known to be one of the leading suppliers of generic products in the world. There are already generic medications and generic pills for cholesterol, etc. available over the counter without any prescription these days. Be sure to consult your heart specialist before even taking these generic drugs. It is always good to know that you have a generic prescription from your doctor. And of course, continue to eat healthy and maintain your low fat diet, exercise daily and avoid a sedentary lifestyle.