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Cholesterol and Exercise

Exercise and cholesterol

Exercise is an important part of any plan to lower cholesterol—that’s because there are a number of important health benefits. In fact, staying active:

  • Helps prevent and control high blood pressure
  • Helps keep cholesterol levels healthy
  • Can help prevent and control diabetes
  • Can help you lose weight

Increasing your activity level doesn’t have to be difficult—and doesn’t have to be all at once, either. Instead of long sessions of activity, you could spread them out throughout your day, such as a ten-minute walk in the morning and a ten-minute walk in the evening.

Getting some form of exercise, even for as little as 150 minutes spread out over the week, can make a big difference. Always be sure to talk to your doctor before beginning any exercise program.

If you're trying to lose weight and working on getting your cholesterol to a healthy level, one thing that can make a big difference is exercising on a regular basis. You may already know that being overweight or obese can increase your cholesterol levels, which can also contribute to plaque buildup in your arteries.

Start by talking to your doctor about helping you with a simple and effective weight-loss plan and to determine appropriate weight goals. For more information, visit the American Council on Exercise. This organization supports exercise and provides ways to get and stay fit. It has educational materials about exercise and fitness.

Important Safety Information About CRESTOR 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 and if you have symptoms of liver problems while taking CRESTOR
  • Call your doctor right away if you:
    • Have unexplained muscle pain or weakness, especially with fever
    • Have muscle problems that do not go away even after your doctor told you to stop taking CRESTOR
    • Feel unusually tired
    • 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
  • Side effects: The most common side effects may include headache, muscle aches, abdominal pain, weakness, and nausea. Memory loss and confusion have also been reported with statins, including CRESTOR
  • 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 plaque buildup in arteries as part of a treatment plan to lower cholesterol to goal.

Prescribing Information with Patient Information  (PDF - 152k) 


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The information on this Web site should not take the place of talking with your doctor or health care professional. If you have any questions about your condition, or if you would like more information about CRESTOR, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. Only you and your health care professional can decide if CRESTOR is right for you.