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Cholesterol Specialist

Karen E. Lee, MD, MPH -  - Geriatrics

Tucson Family and Geriatric Medicine

Karen E. Lee, MD, MPH

Geriatrics & Family Medicine located in Northwest Tucson, AZ

High cholesterol affects more than 100 million adults in America, with many more not even realizing they have the condition. At Tucson Family and Geriatric Medicine, experienced family physician Karen Lee, MD, offers diagnostics and long-term treatment plans for high cholesterol. Dr. Lee works with you to reduce your risk for long-term health issues, including heart disease, and ensure your cholesterol levels remain healthy. Find out more about custom treatments for high cholesterol by calling the Tucson, Arizona, office or booking an appointment online today. We see patients from the surrounding cities Oro Valley, Tucson, Catalina foothills and Marana.

Cholesterol Q & A

What is cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a substance found naturally in your blood. These lipids or fat-containing molecules are important for building healthy cells, but too much cholesterol causes fatty deposits to form in your blood vessels and obstruct blood flow.

There are two types of cholesterol traveling throughout your body attached to proteins, a structure known as a lipoprotein. 

High-density lipoprotein (HDL) is a good type of cholesterol that carry excess cholesterol back to your liver. 

Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) is known as the bad cholesterol and carries cholesterol particles throughout your body, potentially causing a buildup of fat deposits in your arteries.

This buildup of fat can result in the narrowing and hardening of your arteries, affecting healthy blood flow. As a result, you may be prone to complications like a heart attack, stroke, or coronary artery disease.

How is cholesterol evaluated?

High cholesterol is detected through a simple blood test that Dr. Lee uses to evaluate your overall HDL and LDL cholesterol levels.

Because high cholesterol doesn’t present any symptoms, routine cholesterol checks are important especially if you have a family history of the condition or other risk factors like:

  • Obesity
  • Smoking
  • Poor diet
  • Diabetes
  • Sedentary lifestyle

You may be at increased risk for high cholesterol as you get older and your liver can’t eliminate LDL as effectively.

What treatments are available for high cholesterol?

The goal of treating high cholesterol is to keep cholesterol at healthy levels. Dr. Lee accomplishes this using a combination of medications and recommended lifestyle changes.

Statins are a common medication for treating high cholesterol, as they help block a substance needed by your liver to make cholesterol and help your body reabsorb cholesterol to reduce fatty deposit buildup in your arteries.

You also need to maintain a healthy weight, eat a healthy, low-fat diet, and get daily exercise.

If you need help managing high cholesterol, rely on the expertise of Dr. Lee and her cholesterol-management services. You can schedule a consultation online or by calling the office today.

We see patients from the surrounding cities Oro Valley, Tucson, Catalina foothills and Marana

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