Re-Thinking Cholesterol

Have you been told that you have high cholesterol, or “too much of the bad kind”? You are one of 73.5 million adults. What you may not know is that the “safe ranges” for these substances (collectively called lipids) in your blood have changed substantially over the years, and are extremely controversial in the medical community. The bottom line is that the standard analysis of blood lipids and cholesterol is antiquated. There are better, more informative tests to accurately evaluate your heart health and track your progress with treatment. There are also better ways to treat high cholesterol and make your heart healthy using targeted nutrient therapy combined with cutting-edge dietary intervention and exercise.

Cholesterol is actually a very necessary, very natural substance our body produces to build and protect all of our strong, healthy cells. The “good” and “bad” cholesterol that you’ve been worried about are like taxis in your blood stream that drive your body’s cholesterol from one place to another. The “bad” type drops off cholesterol in your blood vessels contributing to high blood pressure and heart attacks while the “good” type picks it up and brings it back to your liver for re-evaluation. These are the basics. But the truth is, there’s a lot more detail happening in the biochemistry of your blood that decides your heart risk, and the standard lipid profile is simply not enough information to understand it. There is an orchestra of proteins that plays a role in the taxi and housing industry of your cholesterol, and there are obstacles that can really interfere with the process like sugar control and insulin resistance as well as your personal genetics. I measure all of these markers to really understand your risk, and tailor your treatment to address it.

Reduce your heart attack risk today by normalizing your lipid profile and your blood pressure, naturally!

I look forward to working with you!

Dr. Otto



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