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High Cholesterol

Youth and You

Family Medicine located in North Miami Beach, FL

Healthy cholesterol levels reduce your risk of developing heart disease and other medical problems. At Youth and You in North Miami Beach, Florida, Florence Foucauld, MD, offers cholesterol level evaluations and can treat high cholesterol levels to help you achieve optimal health. Call the office or schedule an appointment online to better understand and control your cholesterol.

High Cholesterol Q & A

When is high cholesterol diagnosed?

High cholesterol is diagnosed when you have too many fats, or lipids, in your blood. Cholesterol is vital to help your body build new cells, but unhealthy levels can lead to serious complications. You may hear high cholesterol referred to as hyperlipidemia.

High cholesterol can cause fatty deposits to form in your blood vessels. This can lead to blocked arteries, increasing your risk of heart disease and stroke. Measurements of 200 mg/dl are considered healthy.

What are good and bad cholesterol?

Good cholesterol is high-density lipoproteins or HDL. HDL removes cholesterol from your arteries, reducing plaques and blockages. Low-density lipoproteins, or LDL, is bad cholesterol. LDL increases fatty deposits and raises your risk of experiencing dangerous blockages.

If you have too little HDL or too much LDL (or both), you’re at a greater risk of health complications. Ideally, your LDL levels are below 100 mg/dl, and your HDL levels are 60 or above.

Who is at risk of high cholesterol?

Genetics can make you predisposed to high cholesterol levels. In some cases, your lifestyle can put you at a greater risk. These may include:

  • Lack of exercise
  • Smoking cigarettes
  • Diabetes

Eating a diet rich in saturated fat, such as what’s found in animal foods and baked goods, can also raise your cholesterol levels. People who are obese are also at a greater risk of high cholesterol.

How is high cholesterol evaluated and treated?

A blood test checks your cholesterol levels. The reading includes measures of your:

  • Total cholesterol
  • LDL cholesterol
  • HDL cholesterol
  • Triglycerides (another type of fat)

If it’s determined your cholesterol levels are unhealthy and put you at risk of disease, Dr. Foucauld puts together a customized treatment plan to help you get your levels under control. Lifestyle changes such as dietary changes, more physical exercise, and smoking cessation are the first steps. You may also qualify for medications, such as statins, to help lower unhealthy cholesterol levels. Usually, medications are prescribed only when lifestyle changes fail to help moderate your cholesterol levels.

If you’re at risk of high cholesterol, contact Youth and You for a blood test and evaluation. Call the office or schedule using the online booking agent.