Dr. Randy Kay, DO
Understanding cholesterol and how it can affect your health is important.
According to the CDC, blood cholesterol is a substance made by your liver
that helps your body make hormones and digest fatty foods. Bad cholesterol,
or LDL, can cause plaque buildup in your blood vessels if levels get too
high. “It’s very important to know your cholesterol levels,”
Dr. Randy Kay, a GCH family practice physician, said. “High cholesterol
puts you at risk for things like a stroke or heart attack.”
While high cholesterol can be damaging to your health, there are ways to
reduce it. “Diet and exercise definitely play a big role in your
cholesterol,” Dr. Randy Kay said. “Being active, not smoking
and reducing saturated fat intake can all help naturally lower your cholesterol
levels.” Saturated fats are in foods such as red meat and dairy.
However, certain foods that contain monounsaturated fats can be good for
you in moderation. These foods include olive oil, tree nuts and avocados.
Genetics can play a role in cholesterol levels, too. “Some people
have genetic predisposition to have high cholesterol,” Dr. Randy
Kay said. “In these cases, medication can sometimes be used to treat
high cholesterol levels.” Risk can increase with both poor eating
habits and family history. Talk to your doctor about your cholesterol
and what you can do to manage it.
Dr. Randy Kay is board-certified in family medicine with an office in Dearborn Heights.
Call 877-717-9355 or visit https://www.gch.org/Find-a-Physician.aspx for
a referral to a GCH physician.