High Cholesterol In Schaumburg IL
When you’re told that you have high cholesterol you and your doctor must discuss ways to improve your current health and lifestyle to lower your cholesterol to protect the health of your heart. Here at EnVogue Med & Wellness, our team can work with you to lower your cholesterol through medications and lifestyle changes.
Signs of High Cholesterol
The problem is that high cholesterol doesn’t typically cause symptoms. So, you could simply be going through your day with high cholesterol and not even know it. A lack of symptoms does not mean that these aren’t serious health problems. Treatment will require medications and lifestyle changes to better manage the condition. A simple blood test can determine whether you have high cholesterol.
Complications of High Cholesterol
Here’s why you should be turning to your doctor at least once a year for a checkup, particularly if you are at risk for high cholesterol. Untreated, it can affect the blood vessels and arteries in the body.
Over time, this damage can increase and the added stress can lead to a heart attack or stroke. High cholesterol can also impact the health and function of the brain, kidneys, and other organs in your body.
Know Your Risk
There are certain risk factors for high cholesterol that you have control over. By leading a healthier lifestyle, we have seen patients lower their cholesterol levels without having to turn to medication (of course, medication is also incredibly important for patients who haven’t been able to fully manage their conditions through a healthy lifestyle alone). Some ways to improve risk factors include,
- Quitting smoking
- Getting at least 30 minutes of aerobic exercise every day
- Eating a healthy, whole diet
- Avoiding fatty and processed foods including certain types of meat
- Limiting sugar and sodium intake
- Maintaining a healthy weight