What is Familial Hypercholesterolemia?

Seasoned salmon and vegetables ready to cookFamilial Hypercholesterolemia is a genetic condition that causes high cholesterol and very high LDL levels from birth. People with this condition have a higher risk of premature Coronary Artery Disease (CAD), stroke, and peripheral artery disease. Fortunately, this risk can be reduced with a diet plan intended to lower cholesterol in the blood, reduce the problematic forms of LDL that are very likely to form plaque, and reduce blood pressure.

What Causes Familial Hypercholesterolemia?

Several genetic mutations tend to cause this condition. Many of these mutations affect the receptor for LDL cholesterol. When this receptor is not functioning correctly, LDL cholesterol builds up in the bloodstream. If it’s the form of LDL that is light, fluffy, and sticky, it’s more likely to cause plaque and heart disease. The LDL might be a normal and healthier form, but if a poor diet damages it then it will turn into the light, fluffy, and sticky form and heavily contribute to plaque buildup. Those diagnosed with Familial Hypercholesterolemia find strict health plans valuable for their whole health picture and their quality of life through their retired years.

How is it Treated?

Doctors typically prescribe medications to manage this condition, namely cholesterol-lowering drugs. While this fits into some holistic plans for Familial Hypercholesterolemia, no plan is complete without diet and lifestyle changes to reduce cholesterol in the blood, ensure healthier forms of LDL, and reduce blood pressure. By working with our Maryland weight loss clinic, our nutrition plan is designed to help reduce your cholesterol intake and blood pressure, making it an exceptional management tool for this condition.