Making changes to one’s diet could be a viable alternative to taking statins, according to a new report. Statins, commonly prescribed to lower cholesterol levels, can have unpleasant side effects such as muscle pain and increased risk of diabetes. The report suggests that adopting a Mediterranean diet – rich in fruit, vegetables, fish, and unrefined foods – could offer similar benefits without the associated risks.

In addition to dietary changes, the report also advocates for regular exercise, highlighting its role in maintaining a healthy heart. It emphasises the importance of brisk walking for at least 30 minutes a day, five times a week, or more strenuous activity such as running for 20 minutes three times a week.

The report also suggests that the reduction of stress, through methods such as yoga and meditation, can also contribute to heart health. It further adds that quitting smoking and limiting alcohol intake are vital steps towards maintaining a healthy heart.

While it does not suggest completely replacing statins with these lifestyle changes, it encourages patients to consider these as complementary measures. It is always recommended to discuss any potential changes with a healthcare professional before proceeding.

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