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High Cholesterol Specialist

Elsa L Lerro, M.D. -  - Internal Medicine

Elsa L Lerro, M.D.

Internal Medicine located in Fresno, CA

If you have high cholesterol, you don’t have to give up and accept poor health. In fact, with a cutting-edge nutritional approach, you can enjoy your best health ever. At her practice in Fresno, California, Elsa L. Lerro, MD, is ready to help you lower your cholesterol in a natural and healthy way. Book your appointment online or by phone today.

High Cholesterol Q & A

What is cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a substance that your body produces naturally, and it's also found in some foods.

A certain amount of cholesterol is important for proper bodily function, but too much cholesterol can be harmful. The excess lines your blood vessels, which can cause blockages that lead to serious health consequences like a heart attack or stroke.

There are two distinct kinds of cholesterol: high-density lipoprotein (HDL) and low-density lipoprotein (LDL). HDL cholesterol is often referred to as "good" cholesterol because its job is to eliminate the "bad" LDL cholesterol from your blood.

In your cholesterol blood test results, you see several numbers, including a total cholesterol number, HDL number, LDL number, and triglycerides number.

What should my cholesterol levels look like?

Your cholesterol levels are broken into several components.

Combined cholesterol

Your combined cholesterol number should be under 200 mg/dL. If your combined number is 200-239, that’s considered borderline high; 240 or higher is high cholesterol.

LDL cholesterol

Your LDL cholesterol should be less than 100. A near-optimal level is 100-129, a borderline high level is 130-159, and a high LDL level is 160-189.

HDL cholesterol

With HDL cholesterol, the rule is the higher the better. If your HDL level is less than 40, you're at risk for heart disease. Levels of 40-59 are good, and 60 and higher are great.

Triglycerides

Triglycerides are usually part of a cholesterol test. If you have high triglycerides, your heart disease risk increases. A healthy triglycerides level is 150 mg/dL. If your triglycerides are 150-199, it's borderline high, and 200-499 is high. Very high triglycerides are 500 and up.

Dr. Lerro discusses your cholesterol test results with you and helps you lower your cholesterol through a natural, healthy approach.

How can I reverse high cholesterol?

Dr. Lerro recommends a nutritional approach to cholesterol management. By making dietary changes, you can bring your cholesterol numbers into a healthy range while also losing extra weight and enhancing your overall health.

In addition to a nutritional approach, Dr. Lerro counsels you on lifestyle changes like regular exercise to help you keep your cholesterol under control. If needed, she may suggest medication to help lower your cholesterol.

Use the online booking tool or call Elsa L. Lerro, MD, to schedule your appointment for high cholesterol treatment.