High Cholesterol Specialist

Austin Powers Medical Group

Internists & Internal Medicine Physicians located in San Jose, CA

High cholesterol doubles your risk of heart disease, and it usually has no symptoms. For a thorough examination and screening, visit Austin Powers Medical Group in San Jose, California. Dr. Suzanne Austin offers diagnostic and treatment services to help you maintain a healthy heart and avoid dangerous complications. Click to book or call the office to schedule your first visit.

High Cholesterol

What causes high cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a naturally occurring substance in your blood. Having too much of LDL cholesterol, known as the “bad” type of cholesterol, can pose health risks. For most people, high cholesterol is the result of unhealthy lifestyle choices, such as:

  • A diet high in saturated fats, sugar, or processed foods
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Smoking or secondhand smoke

In some cases, high cholesterol is an inherited condition, but it’s often reversible with the right lifestyle changes and medical treatment.

What are the symptoms of high cholesterol?

There are generally no symptoms associated with high cholesterol. The only way to know if you have unhealthy cholesterol levels is to have a test from a doctor.

Some people with high cholesterol might also have other symptoms of heart disease or metabolic syndrome, which may include high blood pressure, obesity, or low energy.

Should I get screened for high cholesterol?

Recommendations for cholesterol testing vary. It depends on your health history, age, genetics, and other factors. If your levels are consistently high, your physician might recommend more frequent tests.

If you have never had a cholesterol test or if you have risk factors for high cholesterol, visit Austin Powers Medical Group for a screening.

How is high cholesterol treated?

Statins are the common treatment for high cholesterol. They are a type of medication that blocks a substance your liver needs to generate cholesterol. There are also other kinds of medications that lower the amount of cholesterol in your blood.

Dr. Austin might also recommend specific dietary or lifestyle changes, including:

  • Eating healthier fats
  • Eliminating or reducing meat, eggs, or whole-milk products from your diet
  • Drinking alcohol in moderation
  • Losing weight or weight management

Regular exercise can also improve cholesterol levels, even in small amounts. If you get a diagnosis for high cholesterol, it’s important to have regular checkups and to have your cholesterol tested often.

If you’d like to get a cholesterol screening or have questions about high cholesterol treatment, contact Austin Powers Medical Group. Click to book an appointment online or call the office today.