High cholesterol is a widespread health problem, but it’s one you might never realize you have until it causes a health crisis. Dimos Kanakoudas, MD, and the team at Complete Health Medical P.C. in East Setauket, New York, provide simple blood tests to measure cholesterol and effective treatments to help you reduce your cholesterol levels. If you’re looking for comprehensive, effective high cholesterol treatment, call Complete Health Medical P.C. today or book an appointment online.
High cholesterol is a risk factor for some of the most widespread, potentially life-threatening conditions, including:
Cholesterol is a substance composed of fats that circulate in your bloodstream. Your body makes its own cholesterol, which it needs for producing hormones and vitamin D. Cholesterol also aids your digestion.
While a certain level of cholesterol is essential, modern high-fat diets tend to cause the buildup of high levels of cholesterol that can lead to the narrowing of the arteries.
There are both good and bad cholesterols. The good cholesterol that your body uses is called high-density lipoprotein, or HDL. This is what your body needs to carry excess or bad cholesterol to your liver for disposal.
Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and very-low-density lipoprotein (VLDL) are the bad cholesterols. If you consume too much of these types of cholesterol, the excess builds up as fatty deposits, or plaque, that narrow and eventually clog your arteries.
If you eat foods that contain high levels of cholesterol, you’re more likely to see a buildup in your blood cholesterol levels. These include:
One of the worrying aspects of high cholesterol is that it doesn’t cause any symptoms until the buildup of plaque becomes severe. It’s not uncommon for the first sign of having high cholesterol to be a heart attack or other major event.
Treatment for high cholesterol revolves around better management of your lifestyle. Overconsumption of foods containing cholesterol is the primary risk factor, so reducing your intake of these foods and eating a healthier diet can have a significant impact on your cholesterol levels.
People who eat large quantities of cholesterol are more likely to be overweight, although even thin people can have high cholesterol. Losing weight and exercising regularly are of great benefit if you have high cholesterol.
The highly experienced team at Complete Health Medical P.C. is there to assist you in reducing your cholesterol by providing expert advice and support to help you:
If your cholesterol is high enough, the team might recommend medication to help get your cholesterol levels down, but lifestyle management is essential.
Find out whether your cholesterol levels are healthy by arranging a simple blood test at Complete Health Medical P.C. To arrange your cholesterol test or for advice on making healthy lifestyle changes, call Complete Health Medical P.C. today or book an appointment online.