High Cholesterol Specialist

Shubi Shahida, MD -  - Internal Medicine

Shubi Shahida, MD

Internal Medicine located in Smithfield, NC

Lifestyle choices and genetics can put you at risk for developing high cholesterol. At her internal medicine practice in Smithfield, North Carolina, Shubi Shahida, MD, offers comprehensive screenings for high cholesterol as well as innovative treatments to keep your cholesterol levels under control. Dr. Shahida focuses on helping you stay healthy overall and works with you on dietary and lifestyle changes to prevent additional medical complications. Schedule a cholesterol screening today at the office by phone or through the online booking feature.

High Cholesterol Q & A

What causes high cholesterol?

Cholesterol is naturally found in the fats of your blood. This waxy material is useful in building healthy cells. However, when these fatty deposits build up, it can block the flow of blood throughout your body, increasing your risk for serious complications, like a stroke or a heart attack.

What are the risk factors for high cholesterol?

You may be at risk for developing high cholesterol due to your family history. If your parents or siblings have high cholesterol, you may also have the condition.

Other risk factors for high cholesterol include:

  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Lack of physical activity
  • Eating a diet high in saturated fat

High cholesterol can also develop as a result of diabetes. Having high blood sugar levels can increase your bad cholesterol and cause damage to the lining of your arteries.

How is high cholesterol diagnosed?

High cholesterol doesn’t cause symptoms and the only way to detect the condition is through a blood test that measures your cholesterol levels. Dr. Shahida measures both your low-density lipoproteins (LDL) and high-density lipoprotein (HDL).

The HDL, or good, cholesterol is responsible for picking up extra cholesterol and taking it back to your liver for elimination. The LDL, or bad, cholesterol picks up other cholesterol particles throughout your body but can build up to obstructive levels.

By evaluating the levels of these cholesterols, Dr. Shahida can determine if you have high cholesterol or if you’re at risk for developing the condition.

What treatments are available for high cholesterol?

If Dr. Shahida confirms you have high cholesterol, she reviews your overall medical history and the severity of your condition to determine the best course of treatment.

In many cases, Dr. Shahida suggests necessary lifestyle changes you need to make to improve your cholesterol levels naturally. These changes include:

  • Increasing exercise
  • Losing weight
  • Limiting salt intake
  • Eating a heart-healthy diet

If you try these changes but still need help in lowering your cholesterol, Dr. Shahida can take a polypharmacy approach, using medications to remove cholesterol from your body.

Routine cholesterol tests are necessary to monitor your levels and the effectiveness of your treatment. Dr. Shahida makes necessary changes to your treatment to ensure cholesterol levels are well-controlled.

Find out more about managing your high cholesterol by calling Dr. Shahida’s office, or use the online booking feature to schedule a consultation today.