High Cholesterol Specialist

Yeral Patel, MD -  - Anti-Aging and Functional Medicine

Perfect YOUth

Yeral Patel, MD

Anti-Aging and Functional Medicine & Family Physician located in Newport Beach, CA

Nearly 78 million adults in America have high cholesterol, and many don’t even realize it. High cholesterol doesn’t cause any symptoms but could lead to a heart attack or stroke if you don’t manage it. At Perfect YOUth in Newport Beach, California, Yeral Patel, MD, can monitor your cholesterol at regular intervals and help you manage it with treatments and easy changes to your lifestyle. If you suspect that your cholesterol is high, don’t hesitate to book an appointment by phone or online at Perfect YOUth today.

High Cholesterol Q & A

What is high cholesterol?

Many patients don’t realize that cholesterol is a substance that your body needs to function. It has a waxy, fatty quality and helps your body build healthy, functional cells. You can find it in your bloodstream.

However, too much cholesterol results in fatty deposits in your blood vessels that can eventually block or impede your blood flow. If part of a cholesterol deposit breaks off, it can go into your heart or brain and cause a heart attack or stroke. 

Am I at risk of getting high cholesterol?

There are several factors that put you at risk of having elevated cholesterol levels. The most pressing risk factors are related to your lifestyle. If you form unhealthy lifestyle habits, chances are you’ll develop high cholesterol.

You might be at risk of getting high cholesterol and should check your levels regularly if you:

  • Are overweight or obese
  • Eat a lot of animal fats
  • Smoke cigarettes
  • Drink lots of alcohol
  • Don’t exercise
  • Have diabetes
  • Lose hormones due to aging

High cholesterol also has genetic factors. If someone in your family has it, you should get tested frequently.

How do I know if I have high cholesterol?

High cholesterol generally doesn’t cause any symptoms, so the only way to know if you have it is through a blood test. Dr. Patel may request that you get regular blood tests if any risk factors for high cholesterol apply to you or if previous blood tests for unrelated reasons indicated higher levels. 

If you’re entirely healthy and don’t have any high cholesterol risk factors, it’s still recommended that you get a blood test every five years just in case. 

How is high cholesterol treated?

The best way to treat high cholesterol is to try and live a healthier lifestyle to the best of your ability. Depending on your current habits, Dr. Patel might help you:

  • Eat a more nutritious diet
  • Exercise more often
  • Lose weight 
  • Manage your stress
  • Quit smoking

If your high cholesterol is linked to aging and hormone loss, she may also include bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) in your treatment plan. 

If you’ve tried everything to lower your cholesterol with no luck, Dr. Patel may prescribe medications to help balance your cholesterol and prevent complications.

If you fear that your cholesterol is high or if you meet one or more of the listed risk factors, call Perfect YOUth or book an appointment with Dr. Patel online today.