Elevated cholesterol has been associated with increased risk of stroke and heart disease. Cholesterol is consumed in food and manufactured in the body. While cholesterol is a component critical to bodily functions, for patients with lipid metabolism disorders, elevated cholesterol can result in plaque accumulation in the arteries. Reduced blood flow to the heart may cause a heart attack; reduced blood flow to the brain may cause a stroke.
Elevated cholesterol is easily detected and monitored with a simple blood test. A small sample is taken and sent to a lab for analysis. It is possible that we may request that you fast for a certain number of hours prior to this test for the most accurate measurement.
Our goal is to reduce the incidence of heart attacks and strokes by detecting and controlling elevated cholesterol in our patients. We find that many of our patients, including those with thyroid disorders, diabetes and other cardiovascular risk factors, benefit from lipid monitoring, medication (if required) and the nutritional and lifestyle counseling that can help manage cholesterol levels.
At Freeman Endocrinology, we take a team approach to managing our patients with lipid metabolism disorders and we treat the total patient to make sure that we remove any barriers to taking appropriate actions that will help minimize the risk of complications. Treatment may include medication, dietary changes, and lifestyle changes such as physical exercise.
Although noticeable symptoms are few, disorders of lipid metabolism is associated with multiple patient types including: abdominal obesity, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, elevated lipids and triglycerides, hypertension, thyroid disorders, cardiovascular disease.
If you are concerned about your cholesterol or suspect you have a problem with lipid metabolism, please contact us to make an appointment.