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High Cholesterol

High cholesterol can lead to serious health problems. By living a healthy lifestyle, you can help keep your cholesterol in a healthy range and lower your risk of heart disease and stroke. Kavita Kewalramani, MD, MPH at K Primary Care & Medical Nutrition Center in New Providence, New Jersey provides testing and treatment options to lower your cholesterol. Call the office to book a visit or schedule online to get started.

High Cholesterol Q&A

What is cholesterol and why is it important?

Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance made by your liver. It is essential for good health because your body needs it to perform important functions, such as making hormones and digesting fatty foods.

Your liver produces all the cholesterol your body needs to thrive. And since your body makes all the cholesterol it needs, doctors do not recommend eating foods that increase your cholesterol levels.

What are health risks associated with high cholesterol?

When cholesterol accumulates in your bloodstream, it can stick to the walls of your arteries. That cholesterol combines with other arterial deposits to create plaque. 

That plaque narrows the available space within the artery, which, in turn, restricts blood flow. This restriction of blood flow forces your heart to work harder to move blood through your arteries and into the rest of your body. 

High cholesterol also increases your risk of stroke, a condition that arises when a blood clot blocks the flow of blood to your brain. 

How is high cholesterol managed?

Dr. Kewalramani offers customized high cholesterol treatment plans designed for your specific health needs. Her approach focuses on reducing saturated fat in your diet, increasing fiber intake, and incorporating healthy physical activity into your daily routine. 

In addition, medications can help reduce or manage high cholesterol. These medications can be especially helpful in people who have dangerously high cholesterol levels. 

Dr. Kewalramani focuses on lifestyle management to lower your cholesterol levels and keep them in check. By learning how to make healthy nutrition and exercise part of your normal routine, you can prevent or treat high cholesterol.

If you have concerns about high cholesterol, then K Primary Care & Medical Nutrition Center can help. Begin your initial health assessment today but calling the office or booking online.