Cholesterol is a fat called a lipid that is naturally found in your bloodstream. In fact, your body produces these lipids for your cells to function. The problem is that while your body will produce enough for your cells, you are also adding lipids through the food you eat, creating high cholesterol in your blood.
High cholesterol is caused by an imbalance between the two types of cholesterol:
If these are out of balance, the excess cholesterol in your body is not being processed and eliminated, instead creating fatty deposits in your arteries.
Over time, the increased cholesterol may lead to:
High cholesterol can usually be traced back to any of these risks:
A large waist has also been shown to have an effect on cholesterol, especially for men with a circumference of 40 inches or more, and women who measure 35 inches or more. Family history also plays a role in the condition, so if your family has a history of high cholesterol, you may have a higher risk.
Treating high cholesterol can largely be done by mitigating your risks. For example:
There are also a number of medications available to fight high cholesterol and choosing the right one for you will depend on your age, sex, and current health. Medical treatments include:
After determining the likely cause of your high cholesterol and the nature of the imbalance, Dr. Ahad-Daman will recommend an approach to return your cholesterol to normal levels.
Dr. Ahad-Daman accepts most major insurance providers. Please contact your insurance provider directly for any coverage-related questions.
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