What is high cholesterol?
Your body needs cholesterol to build healthy cells continually, but having high cholesterol can increase your risk of heart disease. Cholesterol is a waxy substance that is found in lipids (fats) in the blood. With high cholesterol, fatty deposits may develop in your blood vessels. Over time, these deposits will make it difficult for sufficient blood to flow through your arteries. As a result, your heart may not get as much oxygen-rich blood as it needs, increasing the risk of a heart attack. If blood flow to the brain decreases, it can cause a stroke.
What are the symptoms?
There are no symptoms. A blood test is the only way to detect elevated cholesterol levels.
What are the risk factors?
Elevated cholesterol may be inherited, but often it stems from unhealthy lifestyle choices. The risk factors that can increase your risk of bad cholesterol include:
- Lack of exercise
- Poor diet (heavy in saturated and trans fats)
- Age (as you grow older, your risk increases)
How does InBloom Health treat high cholesterol?
At InBloom Health in Londonderry, New Hampshire, we provide integrative & functional medicine to help patients lower their cholesterol. We can also help you improve your diet with integrative nutrition & health coaching. Thankfully, elevated blood pressure is both preventable and treatable. Regular exercise, a healthy diet, and weight loss medication can go a long way toward reducing high cholesterol. Schedule an appointment today to improve your overall health and wellness.
Book an appointment in Londonderry, New Hampshire
To find out how Dr. Lawson and her team can lower your cholesterol, and improve your overall health, schedule a consultation today. Your journey to improved health starts with a one-on-one appointment at our location in Londonderry, New Hampshire. We will create a custom treatment plan specifically for you. To get started, book your consultation online or give us a call at (603) 818-8777.