Managing your cholesterol level is a crucial step you can take to lower your risk of cardiovascular disease, which has been the leading cause of death in Hong Kong for the last five decades.
Working out your blood cholesterol level is easy. One of our general practitioners (GPs) or naturopaths will order a pathology test to check your blood cholesterol levels.
The total cholesterol level is made up of “good” high-density lipoprotein (HDL) plus “bad” low-density cholesterol (LDL).
If your total blood cholesterol levels are over the acceptable range, many conventional doctors will prescribe drugs to lower your cholesterol levels if lifestyle interventions like exercise and diet do not work. For some people these drugs cause side effects such as fatigue, muscle pain and generalised anxiety. Recent research suggests there is a DNA component to these side effects.
Like doctors, our naturopaths recommend lifestyle changes like different diets and increased exercise to manage your cholesterol levels. But we go one step further, using functional medicine tests like DNA mapping to investigate your genetic predisposition for clearing “bad” cholesterol. Our tests can also identify a range of broader physiological processes contributing to your condition, such as detoxification, inflammation and bone health.
This detailed insight into your genetic make-up helps our naturopaths prescribe a personalised diet and natural medicine regime that’s tailor-made for your body's particular quirks. We can focus on mitigating any physiological deficits in your metabolism that may be contributing to your high cholesterol levels, avoiding a one-size-fits-all cookie cutter approach.
With our treatment, we aim to improve your general overall health while lowering your cholesterol levels.