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Cholesterol is a chemical compound that is naturally produced by the body and is structurally a combination of lipid (fat) and steroid. Consequently cholesterol is a building block for cell membranes and for hormones like estrogen and testosterone.
As a result about 80% of the body’s cholesterol is produced by the liver, while the rest comes from our diet. As a result when your body has too much cholesterol, it builds up on the walls of your arteries. Hence over time this buildup will cause “hardening of the arteries”. As a result this hardening means that your arteries become narrowed and blood flow to the heart becomes limited.
Consequently high levels of cholesterol the blood can increase your risk of heart disease. Your cholesterol levels tend to rise as you get older. There are usually no signs or symptoms that you have high blood cholesterol, but it can be detected with a blood test. Hence you are likely to have high cholesterol if members of your family have it, if you are overweight or if you eat a lot of fatty foods.
High cholesterol can often be treated by:
- Following a low fat, high fiber diet
- Increase exercise
- Control blond sugar levels if diabetic
- Taking medications as ordered to control low thyroid levels
- Quit Smoking
At Emed Primary Care & Walk in Clinic, We start with gradually comprehensive assessment to clarify your goals to overcome high cholesterol. We will determine your current health status, and assess your lifestyle.
As a result our physician will perform a physical exam to determine your risk for heart disease, diabetes, stroke and other weight-related conditions, as well as to assess your current Level of metabolic fitness. Finally based on the results of your evaluation, Emed Primary Care &Walk in Clinic’ weight management team will design a program just for you, incorporating nutrition, education, exercise, medical supervision and more.
Cholesterol is carried through your blood, attached to proteins. This combination of proteins and cholesterol is called a lipoprotein. There are different types of cholesterol, based on what the lipoprotein carries. They are:
- Low-density lipoprotein (LDL). LDL, or “bad” cholesterol, transports cholesterol particles throughout your body. LDL cholesterol builds up in the walls of your arteries, making them hard and narrow.
- High-density lipoprotein (HDL). HDL, or “good” cholesterol, picks up excess cholesterol and takes it back to your liver.
A lipid profile also typically measures triglycerides, a type of fat in the blood. Having a high triglyceride level can also increase your risk of heart disease.
Factors you can control — such as inactivity, obesity and an unhealthy diet — contribute to high cholesterol and low HDL cholesterol. Factors beyond your control might play a role, too. For example, your genetic makeup might keep cells from removing LDL cholesterol from your blood efficiently or cause your liver to produce too much cholesterol.