Dyslipidemia (High Cholesterol) is a condition that occurs when your body produces more cholesterol than it can use. Cholesterol is a substance that the human body uses to make cells, hormones, and many other substances in the body that are necessary. The human body can make cholesterol and we also can get it from our diets. Maintaining healthy levels of cholesterol is important because it can either keep us healthy and help fight disease, or when too high, can cause diseases like arteriosclerosis and atherosclerosis. These conditions cause the small, medium, and large blood vessels in the body to clog. The danger of clogged arteries is that it could lead to heart attacks, stroke, pain and weakness of the legs, and could basically damage any organ in the body that receives blood from many blood vessels. High cholesterol levels are particularly dangerous for people who have high blood pressure, diabetes, and/or both. When people suffer from any two or all of these conditions aggressive measures need to be taken because the risk of heart attacks, organ damage, and stroke increases even more. Many times correcting the diet, starting an exercise program, and taking targeted supplements can lower cholesterol to safe levels. In a condition like diabetes, the medical research indicates that taking Statins (Crestor, Lipitor, Zocor, etc., medicines that specifically target and lower cholesterol) can substantially reduce your risks of heart attack. We at Medical Arts know the research. If we can get you on track for a healthy diet and exercise program, the research shows there is nothing better: the patient as a whole improves, not just the cholesterol level. Come see how we can help you get on the right path for better whole-body health.