Here we are in Cholesterol Support and we're talking about Dyslipidemia. It's a big word that simply means there is elevated total cholesterol or low-density lipoprotein (LDL) which is the bad type of cholesterol. High density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol levels (this is the good kind) can be low, and the concentrations of other lipids and apolipoproteins can also be abnormal.
Dyslipidemia contributes to the development of atherosclerosis which is a hardening of the arteries and is an important risk factor for coronary heart disease (CHD) and stroke. It can also cause peripheral artery disease which reduces blood flow usually in the legs causing damage and potentially stroke. That's a lot of bad stuff that we don't want for anyone.
There's a lot of reasons for this and we dive into greater detail in our article "Medical Foods Dyslipidemia" and its worth a read. In summarizing there are all sorts of reasons for high cholesterol including but not limited to genetics, obesity, diabetes, hypothroidism, excessive consumption of fats, inflammatory bowel disease commonly known as IBS, severe infections such as HIV and many more. Your doctor will usually focus on lowering your LDL or Triglycerides and treatment can vary based on severity and other conditions unique to you.
We have many natural options such as medical foods that may help provide beneficial changes in LDL cholesterol. Other natural options can include red yeast rice extracts and plant sterols to name a few. You may consider products such as the following or any in our cholesterol support section. Please consult with your doctor about what is right for your specific needs.