While more than 70 million adults in the United States have high cholesterol, only half get treatment for it. If you have concerns about cholesterol levels, the family medicine team at Partners in Family Health in York, Pennsylvania can help. The health care team tests your levels and provides a personalized, comprehensive treatment plan that fits your health needs. For testing and management of high cholesterol, call or book an appointment online.
Cholesterol is a type of waxy fat your body needs to build cells. However, your body is able to manufacture all the cholesterol it needs for these purposes in your liver. Foods high in saturated and trans fat, such as bacon and baked goods, increase production of cholesterol, leading to high cholesterol levels in your blood.
As a sticky substance, the cholesterol in your blood attaches to the walls of your blood vessels, narrowing and hardening the passageway, making it more difficult for blood to get through and increasing your risk of a heart attack and stroke.
You don’t experience symptoms when you have high cholesterol; the only way to detect it is to get tested. The team at Partners in Family Health offers cholesterol blood tests and recommends you not eat or drink anything for 12 hours before the blood draw.
For good health, the team recommends these cholesterol levels:
If your numbers fall out of these ranges, the healthcare professionals at Partners in Family Health work with you to improve your cholesterol and health.
LDL is referred to as bad cholesterol and HDL as good cholesterol. LDL travels in your bloodstream and sticks to the walls of your blood vessels, while HDL grabs cholesterol from your blood and brings it back to your liver for processing and removal from your body.
Medication might not be needed, at least initially. The board-certified family medicine practitioners at Partners in Family Health recommend starting with lifestyle changes to improve blood cholesterol. This includes:
If these changes don’t improve your numbers, the team may recommend medications, such as:
If you have concerns about your cholesterol level, call or schedule an appointment online today.