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The Surprising Reasons Your Body Actually Needs Cholesterol: Tips from Dr. DiGiallorenzo

  • April 2, 2014

When the majority of people hear the word “cholesterol,” the immediate thought is one that comes with negative connotations, usually involving clogged arteries and resultant heart attacks. While it is true that a diet high in fried foods and excessive grains or sugars can lead to these common problems, the truth is that your body does require a healthy amount of cholesterol to survive. At LANAP & Implant Center of Pennsylvania in Collegeville and Williamsport, Dr. David DiGiallorenzo and his team encourage patients to learn about cholesterol’s role in a healthy lifestyle.

Understanding Cholesterol and Your Health

There are two primary types of cholesterol: Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and high-density lipoprotein (HDL). LDL cholesterol, commonly known as “bad” cholesterol, is the substance that is believed to accumulate within the arteries, causing them to thicken with plaque and become hard over time. Conversely, HDL (“good” cholesterol) helps keep LDL in check under ideal circumstances, removing plaque from the arteries and mitigating the risk of heart disease, heart attack, and stroke.

Without the proper balance of cholesterol, the body and mind would cease to function normally. Every cell in your body contains some amount of cholesterol, helping to produce the hormones, cell membranes (particularly those in the brain), necessary bile acids, and vitamin D you need to survive. Keeping your cholesterol levels properly aligned means avoiding excessive consumption of alcohol, exercising regularly, preventing obesity, avoiding tobacco, and maintaining a healthy diet.

Talk with Dr. DiGiallorenzo about which foods are best for achieving healthy cholesterol levels, as well as which vitamin supplements to take to maintain optimal health. Small, everyday changes to diet and lifestyle can make a substantial difference in the health of your mind and your body.

Informed Patients are Healthy Patients

Contact our offices in Williamsport or Collegeville today to talk to Dr. DiGiallorenzo about how the right types of cholesterol and other naturally occurring compounds can help your body and mind thrive to their fullest potential. Our conveniently located practices happily serve patients from communities throughout Pennsylvania, including Lock Haven, Sunbury, Pottstown, Bloomsburg, and more. Our dedication to total body health and wellness, as well as our patients’ comfort and satisfaction, are our promises to you, and we look forward to showing you what a difference our dedication can make in your life.