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One Stop Family Clinic

Family Practice & Walk-In Clinic located in Murfreesboro, TN

Board Certified Nurse Practitioner Emily Robinette of One Stop Family Clinic in Murfreesboro, Tennessee and also serving residents of surrounding communities, offers cholesterol screenings and treatment for high cholesterol.

Cholesterol Q & A

What is the difference between LDL and HDL cholesterol?

Low-density lipids (LDL) are considered bad cholesterol because they attach to other molecules and can begin to block the blood vessels as they pass through the bloodstream. High-density lipoproteins (HDL) are known as good cholesterol. High levels of HDL help reduce the LDL in the blood by taking it to the liver to be broken down. LDL is found in foods that are high in animal fat (such as bacon and ham) and fried foods (french fries, fried chicken). HDL is in fish, seafood, and plant oils, including salmon, flaxseed oil, olive oil, and avocados. Aerobic exercise is a good way to increase HDL levels.

How important are cholesterol levels in relation to overall health?

Unhealthy cholesterol levels are among the greatest risk factors for developing heart disease, stroke, and peripheral artery disease. In all three of these diseases, cholesterol causes plaque to build up inside arteries. When that occurs, blood flow to vital cells and organs is decreased.

What preventative measures can help control cholesterol levels?

Individuals have great power in controlling their cholesterol levels. Just follow these key steps:

  • Follow a heart-healthy diet. That’s one that is low in fat, sugar, and dairy products and includes whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, and lean sources of protein, such as skinless poultry and fish. It is also important to include foods that are high in omega 3 fatty acids like salmon, tuna, flaxseed, and olive oil.
  • Maintain a healthy weight - a body mass index (BMI) can give you an idea whether you are at a healthy weight or are overweight or even obese. If you struggle to maintain a healthy weight, medical weight loss is a service provided at the clinic. Emily can help you reach a realistic goal weight by using medications if appropriate, dietary counseling, and keeping you accountable on a monthly basis.
  • Get at least 30 minutes of daily aerobic physical activity.
  • Don’t smoke.
  • Limit alcohol consumption.