Study: Millions more eligible for cholesterol medications

SPRINGFIELD, Mass (WWLP)– A new study says 13 million more people are now eligible to take cholesterol medications.

In November, the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology came out with new guidelines recommended for heart disease risks.

Now a Duke University study says those revised guidelines have expanded the spectrum of who is eligible to be prescribed cholesterol lowering medications called statins.

That means 56 million people between 40 and 75 years old are now eligible.

But Doctor Greg Giugliano, a cardiologist from Baystate Medical Center, told 22News even with the new guidelines you should still do your part to keep your cholesterol levels down by eating right and exercising regularly.

“Nothing has changed in terms of our recommendations for a low cholesterol diet, avoiding fast food as much as possible,” Dr. Giugliano said.

Dr. Giugliano also said that there are side affects to every medication and that you should speak to your own doctor about whether statins are an appropriate treatment for you.

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