Take advantage of our same-day doctor appointments and same-day testing service to find out whether your cholesterol levels are healthy, are improving or need addressing through diet, exercise and/or medication.
Cholesterol is a fatty substance mainly produced by the liver, but is also found in certain foods. The body needs cholesterol for many of its normal functions, but high levels of it in the blood can negatively affect your health, and increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
High cholesterol levels are often found in patients with medical conditions such as high blood pressure (hypertension), diabetes, kidney or liver disease, or an underactive thyroid. Monitoring your cholesterol is an important factor in preventative care, and may help you to prevent future illness.
Types of cholesterol
There are two types of cholesterol, and a check-up will tell you how much you have of each in your body.
• LDL, or low density lipoprotein, is the ‘bad’ cholesterol. Overproduction of LDL can lead to blockages in the arteries
• HDL, or high density lipoprotein, carries cholesterol to the liver, so that it can be broken down. This is the ‘good’ cholesterol.
High cholesterol levels can be addressed through changing your diet, and doing more exercise. A good balance of saturated and unsaturated fats in your diet can help in keeping cholesterol under control, as can eating lots of soluble fibre, and fresh fruits and vegetables.
A doctor can easily evaluate your cholesterol levels by taking a blood test.