What is it?
High cholesterol is a common health concern that can be identified through blood analysis in metabolic medicine. Cholesterol is a waxy substance produced by the liver that is essential for producing steroid hormones and the building blocks of cells. A small amount of cholesterol comes from our diet, and it is carried in our blood in particles known as lipoproteins. When cholesterol in lipoproteins exceed a certain threshold, it can increase the risk of heart disease, stroke and peripheral vascular disease.
Symptoms and causes
High cholesterol in blood may result from inherited or acquired traits (what we are and what happens to our bodies). These may include diet, stress, menopause and medications. We can identify the root cause of high cholesterol, though we may request more specialised test in a small number of our patients. High cholesterol may lead to furring of vessels in the heart, brain and limbs. This can result in angina, heart attacks, stroke and vascular dementia.
While many clinicians will routinely start patients with high cholesterol on statins, we offer a holistic approach that addresses the underlying causes of the condition. This may include dietary and lifestyle changes, nutritional supplementation, a review of medication and therapies targeted on your cholesterol metabolism. Thanks to advances in cholesterol management such as Apo-B, Lp(a) Lp-PLA2 tests, we can tailor our treatment plans to your individual situation, including plans for people who are unable to take statins due to its side effects. We also offer a cholesterol balance test that gives a comprehensive picture of the absorption and production of cholesterol, which is important in providing a targeted treatment plan for our patients.
Personalised treatment plan
We are committed to personalised investigation and treatment plans. Through personalised treatment plans, we aim to optimise your metabolic functions to reduce the risk of high cholesterol and associated health complications. By identifying and addressing the root cause of high cholesterol, we give you an effective way to manage this common health concern.
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