Over 102 million Americans currently have high cholesterol, but many aren’t taking any steps to manage their condition. Untreated high cholesterol increases your risk for heart attack, stroke, and other potentially deadly complications. Fortunately, you can manage your cholesterol levels efficiently with help from Total Health Primary Care, PLLC, in Selma, Texas. The medical professionals can give you all the tools you need to eat healthily, become active, and reduce your blood cholesterol. Book your appointment through the online scheduler, or call the office.
High Cholesterol Q & A
What is cholesterol?
Cholesterol is a fatty substance that your liver produces naturally. It's also present in many foods, especially meats and dairy products.
A certain (small) amount of cholesterol is necessary for healthy bodily function, but an excess of cholesterol leads to serious health risks, including coronary artery disease, heart attack, and stroke.
What is a high cholesterol number?
High cholesterol means you have a total cholesterol number higher than 200 mg/dL. There are two kinds of cholesterol: high-density lipoprotein (HDL) and low-density lipoprotein (LDL).
HDL, or "good" cholesterol, takes the "bad" cholesterol (LDL) out of your blood. High levels of LDL in your blood lead to plaque deposits and possible artery narrowing. Your total cholesterol number is a combination of your HDL and LDL.
What should be my target cholesterol level?
Adults over age 20 should have a total cholesterol number of 125-200 mg/dL, with the lower part of that range being more optimal. Your LDL should be less than 100 mg/dL. For men, HDL should be 40 mg/dL or higher, and for women, HDL should be 30 mg/dL or higher.
For anyone age 19 and under, total cholesterol should be lower than 170 mg/dL, with LDL of less than 110 mg/dL and HDL of greater than 45 mg/dL.
How can I fight high cholesterol?
Total Health Primary Care, PLLC, offers a wide range of efficient strategies and treatments for reducing your cholesterol to healthy levels. You receive all the tools you need in one place, including:
- Diet guidance
- Exercise guidance
- Nutritional supplements
- Medication where needed
- Lab services to monitor your blood cholesterol levels
Total Health Primary Care, PLLC, also offers a variety of innovative whole-body wellness treatments, such as the HOCATT™ platinum medical sauna, intravenous (IV) therapy, acupuncture, and osteopathic manipulation. By supporting your bodywide health, you can more easily take control of your high cholesterol and other chronic health challenges.
High cholesterol can drag you down but Total Health Primary Care, PLLC, is here to prevent this controllable condition from hampering your happiness and health. Call the office or click the online appointment scheduling tool to book your high cholesterol consultation today.