What is High Cholesterol?
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.
What causes it? 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.
What are my treatment options?
The two main ways to lower cholesterol include lifestyle changes i.e. improved diet, physical activity, weight management and supplement or drug therapy.
The Conventional Approach
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; you also need to know the status of its sub-particles. For more information on the specialized testing that can be done to assess these sub-particles click here. This testing is performed as part of our HeartSmart Wellness Program.
Two of the most important natural options for lowering cholesterol if it is indeed a problem, includes dietary councelling and weight management. It's not just about cutting back on foods that contain cholesterol though, it's about eating the right type of foods and decreasing the bad type of fat and 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.
If you are looking for effective treatments for high cholesterol and/or cardiovascular disease and live in or near Vaughan, come visit us at KIH clinic. We are located in Kleinburg (Vaughan), Ontario, right in the heart of the Kleinburg village. Fill out the form to the right of this page and we will get right back to you promptly with up-to-date, accurate and useful information on the next best steps in the treatment of your condition/concern.
Natural Standard Databases: http://naturalstandard.com.ezproxy.ccnm.edu/databases/conditions/all/condition-highcholesterol.asp