Hyperlipidemia is the medical term for high cholesterol. Patients who have high cholesterol run some serious health risks, but fortunately, high cholesterol can be controlled. At Frontline Internal Medicine in Statesboro, Georgia, Dr. Ogechi Mbakwe helps patients get their high cholesterol into healthy and manageable ranges again. If you’re worried about your cholesterol levels and are looking for expert advice, call the Statesboro office or book your appointment today using the online booking feature.
Cholesterol is a substance that is produced naturally by the liver. It's also found in many foods. Cholesterol is a waxy substance that is found within the walls of cells throughout the body. Although many patients think of cholesterol as a bad thing, it's only bad when there is too much of the wrong type of cholesterol. High cholesterol can cause serious health issues for the heart and the entire body.
Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol is the bad type. This kind of cholesterol is typically derived from the diet. High-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol is the good kind. HDL actually removes LDL from the body, which makes it desirable to have HDL cholesterol in the blood.
The total cholesterol number should be less than 200mg/dL. A reading of 200-239 mg/dL means borderline high cholesterol. A reading of 240mg/dL and above means high cholesterol.
High cholesterol can cause a number of health problems such as heart disease and other kinds of cardiovascular disease. Because cholesterol can accumulate inside the artery walls, the arteries aren't able to deliver blood to the heart effectively when a patient has high cholesterol. This can cause problems like:
Treatment for high cholesterol generally begins with lifestyle changes. Experienced internal medicine practitioner, Dr. Mbakwe works with each patient on an individual basis to determine which risk factors are contributing to the high cholesterol.
Dr. Mbakwe can recommend a regular exercise program, along with a healthier diet that includes Omega 3 fatty acids and other monounsaturated fats will help to reduce the amount of cholesterol and other lipids in the bloodstream. Quitting smoking cigarettes and other tobacco products that have a direct impact on the efficiency of the circulatory system, will also help to lower your cholesterol levels and improve your heart health. You should reduce alcohol consumption and, above all, eat a healthy diet.
Additionally, some patients may require medication to help them lower their cholesterol levels. Medications are typically taken on a daily basis and are best used in conjunction with healthy lifestyle changes. High cholesterol treatment takes effort, but a healthier heart and body are the rewards for making these changes.