Though high cholesterol can be dangerous, in most cases, it’s preventable, reversible, and treatable.
What is cholesterol?
Cholesterol is a substance that's present in your blood lipids or fats. In a healthy person, cholesterol plays a vital role in helping your body build functioning cells. However, too much cholesterol can lead to fatty deposits inside your blood vessels, which prevent the normal flow of blood through your veins.
There are two different types of cholesterol. Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) is “bad” cholesterol, as it can build up inside your arteries and put you at risk for health problems. The “good” cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein (HDL), helps transport excess cholesterol back to your liver to be processed and eliminated.
What causes high cholesterol?
High cholesterol is caused by a number of different factors, many of them over which you have control. Diet plays a significant role in cholesterol levels, as eating foods that are fatty and processed can raise cholesterol levels. If you're inactive or obese, too, this can raise your risk for high cholesterol.
Other factors that might contribute to high cholesterol include smoking, having diabetes, or having a large waist circumference.
How is high cholesterol treated?
Though medication may play a role in the treatment of high cholesterol, it’s essential to approach healing from a holistic perspective. We can conduct cholesterol testing to determine what steps need to be taken to reduce your risk for health complications.
The goal is to cure the underlying problem, not just to mask your symptoms. With comprehensive education, tools, and resources, your health plan is tailored to meet your needs and to empower you to make healthy choices.
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