More than 102 million American adults live with high cholesterol, which increases their risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, and other dangerous cardiovascular health problems. At Internal Medicine & Pediatric Clinic in New Albany, Mississippi, the team of experienced medical staff offers expert cholesterol assessment and treatments to help you manage and improve your health. Call the practice or make an appointment online today.
Cholesterol is a waxy, fatty substance, produced by your liver that your body uses to make hormones, vitamin D, and other elements that allow you to digest food. There are several types of cholesterol, including low-density lipoprotein (LDL), high-density lipoprotein (HDL), and very low-density lipoprotein (VLDL).
Your cholesterol is considered high if you have too much LDL and VLDL cholesterol or not enough HDL. If your cholesterol levels are 200 mg/dL or higher, your cholesterol is considered high, which increases your risk of cardiovascular health issues.
However, high cholesterol doesn’t usually cause any noticeable symptoms. The only way to know if your cholesterol levels are healthy is to have a blood test.
Your body moves cholesterol through your bloodstream. LDL and VLDL cholesterol are deposited throughout your body, and HDL cholesterol picks up any excess LDL and VLDL deposits that your body doesn’t need.
This is what makes the difference between “good” and “bad” cholesterol. LDL and VLDL cholesterol are considered bad because if you have too much of them, they cause a buildup of plaque in your blood vessels. HDL is a good cholesterol because it cleans your blood vessels.
Several factors contribute to high cholesterol. For example, you may have a genetic predisposition to high cholesterol. Also, your body produces all the cholesterol it needs, but you also consume cholesterol through foods like meat, egg yolks, and cheese, which can increase your cholesterol levels. Other factors that contribute to high cholesterol include your age and weight.
The medical team at Internal Medicine & Pediatric Clinic offer customized treatments to reduce and control your cholesterol levels. Your provider may suggest adjusting your diet and exercise habits to lower your cholesterol levels naturally.
However, if lifestyle modifications aren’t enough to reduce your cholesterol, your provider can prescribe medication. Many patients benefit from statins, which reduce the amount of cholesterol produced in your liver. They may also prescribe bile-acid-binding resins, cholesterol absorption inhibitors, or injectable medications that help your liver absorb more LDL cholesterol.
Call Internal Medicine & Pediatric Clinic today or make an appointment online to have your cholesterol levels checked and get the expert treatment you need to improve your health.