Cholesterol is an essential fat found in every cell in the body and used to produce hormones like vitamin D and bile. While a certain amount is necessary, too much cholesterol is unhealthy and blocks the blood from flowing through the arteries. High levels of “bad” cholesterol can lead to several serious complications, including atherosclerosis, heart attack and stroke. Cholesterol levels can be controlled through an active and healthy lifestyle. There are no symptoms associated with high cholesterol, so it is important to monitor your levels on a regular basis. At Dillon Internal Medicine, we can check your cholesterol levels through a blood test called a lipid panel. A low-fat diet and losing weight in general can help lower LDL and triglyceride levels. Medications may be needed if total cholesterol and LDL levels are still high. Our providers can help maintain a healthy cholesterol.
Visit the American Heart Association website for more information on high cholesterol
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