Comparing yoga to statins for cholesterol lowering

Yoga practice is associated with positive effects on cholesterol levels in the blood.

For example,

  • 6% to 25% decrease in total cholesterol
  • 22% to 28% reduction in triglycerides
  • 13% to 26.0% reduction in LDL (bad) cholesterol

But how does this compare to the LDL cholesterol lowering effects of statins, the most widely used drugs to treat hypercholesterolemia?

  • Atorvastatin (Lipitor) 10 mg/day, 39% LDL reduction
  • Lovastatin (Mevacor) 40 mg/day, 31% LDL reduction
  • Pravastatin (Pravacol) 40 mg/day, 34% LDL reduction
  • Simvastatin (Zocor) 20-40 mg/day, 35-41% LDL reduction
  • Fluvastatin (Lescol) 40-80 mg/day, 25-35% LDL reduction
  • Rosuvastatin (Crestor) 5-10 mg/day, 39-45% LDL reduction

A little lower than the statins, but the benefits come without the risk of drug side effects.

9/24/06 21:09 JR

Hi, I’m JR

John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.