High cholesterol is common, with more than 12% of adults over age 20 having a total cholesterol level that’s too high. The expert team of providers at IAM Healthy in Apopka, Florida, can help you manage your cholesterol levels, and lower them if necessary, to reduce your risk of heart disease and other medical problems. Call the office or schedule an appointment online to have your cholesterol checked.
High cholesterol is diagnosed when you have too much fat (lipids) in your blood. Cholesterol is important in building new cells, but too much cholesterol can cause serious complications.
When you have an excess of cholesterol, it may contribute to plaques that block your arteries and increase your risk of heart disease and stroke.
The “good” blood cholesterol is the high-density lipoprotein (HDL). HDL removes cholesterol from your arteries, reducing plaques and blockages.
“Bad” cholesterol is the low-density lipoprotein (LDL). LDL increases fatty deposits and the risk of blockages.
You want to have a proper balance between HDL and LDL. Too little HDL or too much LDL can cause your cholesterol levels to be unhealthy. A high ratio of LDL to HDL increases your risk of heart disease, regardless of your total cholesterol levels.
Some people have a genetic predisposition to having high cholesterol. Your lifestyle habits and health also influence your cholesterol levels. You may be at risk of having high cholesterol if:
Some people are also sensitive to a diet high in saturated fat and develop high cholesterol as a consequence.
At IAM Healthy, you undergo a physical exam and a blood test to check your cholesterol levels. The test reveals your:
Your provider reviews your test results, identifies risk factors, and makes recommendations as to how to manage your cholesterol levels.
Lifestyle changes play a large role in your cholesterol treatment plan. Your provider may recommend that you quit smoking, get regular exercise, and switch up your diet to include more fruits, vegetables, grains, and lean meats.
When lifestyle changes don’t lower your cholesterol or your numbers are quite high, you may need medications, such as statins, to manage your cholesterol and reduce your risk of heart disease.
To have your cholesterol levels evaluated and get help with managing high levels, call IAM Healthy or book an appointment online.