Understand why high cholesterol is a problem and what to do about it.
High cholesterol is a major contributing factor to heart attack and stroke, which are incredibly common in American adults. So by managing your cholesterol, we can also reduce your risk for these severe and potentially life-threatening conditions. Our Phoenix, AZ, integrative medicine doctor and allergy specialist Dr. Kevin Chan provides a comprehensive, holistic approach to cholesterol management.
There are several types of cholesterol (as you can, no doubt, see from your bloodwork). There is low-density lipoprotein (LDL), high-density lipoprotein (HDL), and triglycerides. HDL is considered good cholesterol; however, if you have high LDL and/or triglycerides, this can increase your risk for heart disease and stroke. This is why it’s important to turn to our Phoenix, AZ, team every year for bloodwork, so we know your cholesterol levels.
What causes high cholesterol?
While genetics can certainly impact your cholesterol, diet plays a significant role in your cholesterol levels. The good news is that this is an easy fix. If we see that your cholesterol is elevated, we can help you manage it with healthier lifestyle choices. Turning to our Phoenix, AZ, integrative medicine team is different from traditional medical care.
Instead of putting you on medication to manage your cholesterol, we will help map out diet and lifestyle changes. By eating healthier, avoiding junk food, cutting down on alcohol, and exercising regularly, we can lower a patient's cholesterol levels.
Why is managing cholesterol important?
Your heart health is incredibly important. By checking your cholesterol levels regularly and ensuring they are within a healthy range, we can continue to support a healthy heart. High cholesterol can happen to anyone, even kids and teens. That’s why it’s important for everyone 20 years old and older to turn to their doctor at least once a year to have their cholesterol checked.
Managing cholesterol on your own isn’t easy. Our Phoenix, AZ, doctor Dr. Chan and his team can create a customer cholesterol management program that fits your needs, lifestyle, and current health. Call Pineapple Health today at (480) 961-2366.