what is cholesterol?
Cholesterol is an essential substance that is found in every cell of the body. It is produced naturally by the liver but can also come from different foods we eat. Cholesterol is transported by special particles called lipoproteins. There are two types of lipoproteins: low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and high-density lipoprotein (HDL). When cholesterol is carried by LDL, it is known as bad cholesterol because it can stick to the lining of arteries and build up deposits that can block blood flow. Cholesterol that is present in HDL is called good because it picks up excess cholesterol and takes it back to the liver. Maintaining proper levels of cholesterol is essential for your overall health. If too much bad cholesterol is present, it can lead to a wide variety of serious health conditions, such as narrowing of the arteries, heart diseases, and stroke. Call Nest Family Medicine in Plano, TX to schedule an appointment with family practitioner Dr. Priti Ranjan today to check your cholesterol.
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Cholesterol is evaluated with a simple blood test. Getting routine cholesterol screenings can save your life because high or bad cholesterol doesn't present any external symptoms. This is why bad cholesterol is commonly known as a "silent" disease. When you visit Nest Family Medicine, we'll perform a complete lipid panel to determine your cholesterol levels. From there, we can go over your results and teach you how to check your cholesterol at home so you can continue to monitor and improve your levels.
High cholesterol is almost always caused by an unhealthy diet that is high in fat. However, other factors that can contribute to the development of high cholesterol include genetics, obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes. If your screening reveals high cholesterol levels, Dr. Ranjan will go over different treatment options that can help manage your condition. Traditionally, high cholesterol is treated by making certain lifestyle adjustments, like cutting down on fatty foods, and prescription medication.
If you have a family history of high cholesterol or have never had your levels checked, call Nest Family Medicine in Plano, TX to schedule a cholesterol screening today. Family practitioner Dr. Priti Ranjan can perform an easy blood test to determine if any changes need to be made with your diet or if prescription medication is necessary. Our office accepts a wide variety of insurance providers and Medicare.