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Low-Cholesterol Diet

Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes (TLC) diet

What you eat can make a difference in your cholesterol levels. Making the right choices now can help you steer your cholesterol in the right direction. It may even be able to help you slow plaque buildup in your arteries.

If your cholesterol level is too high, your doctor or nutritionist may recommend the Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes (TLC) diet, developed by the National Institutes of Health.

The TLC diet is a low–saturated-fat, low-cholesterol diet that recommends that:

  • Less than 7% of calories come from saturated fat
  • Cholesterol from food be limited to less than 200 mg per day
  • You consume only enough calories to maintain a desirable weight and to avoid weight gain

If you follow these dietary guidelines and your cholesterol is not lowered enough, you can try increasing the amount of dietary (soluble) fiber in your diet. Certain food products, such as cholesterol-lowering margarines and salad dressings, can be added to the TLC diet to boost its cholesterol-lowering power.

Visit the National Institutes of Health Web site to get more information about Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes.

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How to read a food label

Food labels can be extremely helpful when you’re managing your cholesterol by adopting a cholesterol-lowering diet—and trying to slow plaque buildup in your arteries. Once you learn to decode the 8 parts of a food label, you’re well on your way to making healthy food choices.

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Important Safety Information about CRESTOR® (rosuvastatin calcium) Tablets

  • CRESTOR is not right for everyone. Do not take CRESTOR if you are nursing, pregnant or may become pregnant; have liver problems; or have had an allergic reaction to CRESTOR
  • Your doctor should do blood tests to check your liver before starting treatment with CRESTOR and if you have symptoms of liver problems while taking CRESTOR
  • Call your doctor right away if you:
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    • Have loss of appetite, upper belly pain, dark urine, or yellowing of skin or eyes
  • These could be signs of rare but serious side effects
  • Elevated blood sugar levels have been reported with statins, including CRESTOR
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  • Tell your doctor and pharmacist about other medicines you are taking

Talk to your doctor about prescription CRESTOR.

Approved Uses for CRESTOR

When diet and exercise alone aren't enough to lower cholesterol, adding CRESTOR can help.

In adults, CRESTOR is prescribed along with diet to lower high cholesterol and to slow the buildup of plaque in arteries as part of a treatment plan to lower cholesterol to goal.

Prescribing Information with Patient Information  (PDF - 152k) 

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