There are a verity of causes of high cholesterol, including obesity, poor diet, lack of exercise, and smoking. However, there’s also another cause that patients don’t think about: medications.
As you get older, it’s common to start taking medications to battle some of the conditions that come with age. While these medications may work well to fight these conditions, they may have side effects. One of these side effects is high cholesterol.
Medications That Can Cause High Cholesterol
There are a verity of medications that cause high cholesterol. They include:
- Predisone (used to treat inflammatory diseases)
- Beta blockers (used to manage abnormal heart rhythms)
- Estrogen (used to treat menopause)
- Progestin (used in birth control)
- Anabolic steroid (used to help gain weight)
- Cyclosporine (used to prevent organ transplant rejection)
- Protese inhibitor (used to treat HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C)
- Diuretic (used to increase urine production)
- Steroids (used to treat inflammatory diseases)
- Retinoids (used to encourage skin cell turnover and growth)
- Fluoxetine (used as antidepressants)
While these medications all have side effects that include raising cholesterol levels, it’s not a guarantee. If you or someone you know takes any of these medications, do not stop taking them. In many cases the benefits outweigh the risks of these medications. If you are concerned about raising your cholesterol levels, make sure to talk with your doctor. Your doctor will be able to perform the blood tests needed to see your cholesterol levels. You may find that you cholesterol levels haven’t been raised at all!
How To Lower Cholesterol
In many cases, lifestyle changes are enough to lower cholesterol. These lifestyle changes include getting more exercise, quitting smoking, eating less saturated fats, and eating more fiber. Additionally, your doctor may suggest losing weight if you’re obese and getting your diabetes under control.