What are Symptoms of High Cholesterol?
How can you tell if you have high cholesterol? Unfortunately, there are no high cholesterol symptoms. This can make the condition particularly dangerous since it means it can go undiagnosed for a long time.
However, it is easy to find out if your cholesterol levels are high. At Low T Center, we can check them with a simple blood test to determine whether you need treatment for high cholesterol. If you do, we’ll create a treatment plan that is personalized and built around your needs.
Understanding the Roles of LDL and HDL Cholesterol
It is important to understand that there are two types of cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein and high-density lipoprotein. Also known as LDL and HDL cholesterol, the former is “bad” cholesterol and the latter is “good” cholesterol.
To maintain good health, you need to keep your LDL cholesterol low and your HDL cholesterol high. LDL builds up in your arteries, but HDL helps keep cholesterol moving. When people talk about high cholesterol, they generally mean LDL cholesterol.
You can get your cholesterol levels checked at a men’s healthcare clinic like Low T Center. A test that is part of your full blood panel tells us whether you have high levels of LDL cholesterol. If your LDL cholesterol numbers are high and your HDL numbers are low, we can create a personalized treatment plan to get you on the road to better health.
What Causes High Cholesterol?
For some people, high cholesterol has a genetic cause. Lifestyle factors have little to do with it, and even eating a healthy diet and exercising will not affect their cholesterol levels much.
However, your risk of high LDL cholesterol increases if you do not eat a nutritious diet, if you smoke or if you do not exercise regularly. Obesity also increases your high cholesterol risk. You might also be more likely to develop high cholesterol as you age or if you have diabetes.
The Importance of High Cholesterol Treatment at Low T Center
While there are not high cholesterol symptoms, high levels of cholesterol can lead to serious conditions.
LDL cholesterol builds up in your arteries, restricting the blood flow. HDL cholesterol helps carry cholesterol away. When your LDL levels are too high and your HDL levels are too low, you could be at risk for a heart attack or stroke. Fortunately, these outcomes are preventable. We’re reinventing men’s health care at Low T Center, and this means addressing these issues as early as possible.
Our goal is to prevent health problems before they start and to treat them holistically if they already exist. We can work with you to take steps to maintain your cholesterol at a healthy level or to treat it if it is already higher than it should be. Lifestyle changes, medication or a combination of the two can keep your cholesterol at healthy levels.
To schedule a men’s health assessment, which includes a cholesterol check, make an online appointment with us at Low T Center. We want to help you start feeling better today.