Cholesterol

Michael Stein, MD -  - Family Physician

Pinnacle Personalized Healthcare

Michael Stein, MD

Family Physician located in Salem, NH

Everything in moderation, and that includes cholesterol. While your body needs this substance, too much of it can lead to blockages in your blood flow and dangerous cardiovascular problems. Fortunately, if you have high cholesterol, Michael Stein, MD, FAAFP, and his team at Pinnacle Personalized Healthcare can offer you the management tools you need to lead a healthy life with regulated cholesterol levels. To learn more, call their office in Salem, New Hampshire, or schedule your appointment online today.

Cholesterol Q & A

What is cholesterol?

Every cell in your body has cholesterol in it. It’s basically a waxy substance that your body uses to do things like digest food and create certain hormones.

Some cholesterol in your body is good. In fact, your body needs it. But too much can cause a buildup of plaque in your bloodstream that can lead to a number of serious health concerns, including:

  • Blood clots
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Carotid artery disease
  • Peripheral artery disease
  • Angina (chest pain)
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke

In short, maintaining healthy cholesterol levels is one of the best things you can do for your overall health.

Are there different kinds of cholesterol?

Great question! And the answer is yes. There are three kinds of cholesterol:

HDL

High-density lipoprotein (HDL) is known as good cholesterol. It takes cholesterol from throughout your body and delivers it to your liver, where it can be removed from your body.

LDL

Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) is bad cholesterol that causes plaque buildup in your arteries.

VLDL

Very low-density lipoprotein (VLDL) is another bad type of plaque-causing cholesterol.

What causes high cholesterol?

High cholesterol is usually caused by lifestyle choices. That’s good news, because in most cases, lifestyle changes can be enough to reverse it. The following lifestyles can lead to high cholesterol:

Unhealthy diet

You know that junk food is bad for you, but have you ever really considered why? Your cholesterol is one of the key factors. Eating bad fats (like saturated and trans fats) can raise your bad cholesterol levels. Regularly consuming foods with these bad fats leads to high cholesterol.

Inactivity

Your body craves exercise to keep your heart healthy and your blood flowing. Extended periods without physical activity decrease the HDL levels in your body, contributing to high cholesterol.

Smoking

Smoking both raises your LDL (bad) and lowers your HDL (good) cholesterol levels.

Can high cholesterol be treated?

Absolutely! Dr. Stein can work with you to develop a treatment plan that suits your body and your lifestyle. He can help you make lifestyle changes like eating better or getting more exercise while offering the medication and education you need to see lasting results.

If you have high cholesterol, don’t wait to make your appointment at Pinnacle Personalized Healthcare. Call the office today or book online so you and Dr. Stein can work together to balance your cholesterol levels.