Cholesterol is a soft, waxy, fat-like substance that is found within the bloodstream and cells in the body. High cholesterol occurs if you have levels in the blood that are above the normal range. Alternative names used to describe high cholesterol include; dyslipidemia, hyperlipidemia, and lipid disorder.
Cholesterol levels rise with age, hormonal changes, high sugar or fat diet, poor lifestyle choices and general health. High blood cholesterol can run in families so genetics also plays a big role in the development of this condition.
The two main ways to lower cholesterol include lifestyle changes i.e. improved diet, physical activity, weight management and supplement or drug therapy.
The most common drug treatment is statin medication (typically lipitor or crestor). Unfortunately these medications have unpleasant side effects. Muscle pain and muscle weakness are the most common; another is memory loss. If you are taking statin drugs, it is important to be aware of these side effects because though they sound ordinary enough, they can be potentially quite dangerous. If any should arise, be sure to report them to your doctor.
For some, medications are necessary however fortunately for many they are not. Did you know that LDL or the "bad" cholesterol is actually an antioxidant that has many important physiological roles within the body? Just being told that you have high LDL cholesterol does not give you the whole picture. Schedule an appointment with one of our naturopathic doctors to learn more about your specific blood test results.
Two of the most important natural options for lowering cholesterol if it is indeed a problem, includes a complete food plan that targets a healthy weight and body fat composition. It's not just about cutting back on foods that contain cholesterol and fat though; it's about eating the right type of wholesome foods and decreasing your sugar intake and refined carbohydrates. Many people do not realize that the food they thought was healthy for them, is actually working against them.
Both the Naturopathic Doctors and the Holistic Nutritionist at Kleinburg Integrative Health can assess you to determine whether or not you need to make nutritional changes to your diet and help you to loose weight if needed. Natural supplementation including vitamins, mineral and botanicals have also proven to be very effective in the treatment, management and prevention of this condition.