AUSTIN (KXAN) - It's a health problem that can lead to more health problems and many people have it.
Dr. Kerem Ozer of Texas Diabetes and Endocrinology joined KXAN to talk about the dangers of high cholesterol.
According to Dr. Ozer it is a common health issue but also a very dangerous one. "If you have too much cholesterol it can start accumulating in blood vessels and lead to things like serious heart disease and stroke."
The good news is that high cholesterol can be controlled. Ozer: "Cholesterol can be lowered by a making sure you have a lot of vegetables in your diet and paying attention to the types of oils you are using. And a healthy dose of exercise is an important factor in lowering cholesterol."
Ozer explained that there's two types of cholesterol: good cholesterol and bad cholesterol. "Healthy cholesterol actually clears your blood vessels from fat, while bad cholesterol accumulates in blood vessels."
Texas Diabetes and Endocrinology is currently testing a new drug to treat high cholesterol. The new treatment increases the level of protein in the liver and this helps soak up more of the bad cholesterol. Dr. Ozer says that the center is very excited about this new treatment because there are few side effects.
If you are interested in participating in the new drug study you can call 512-334-3505 or check out their website.
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