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Lipid Disorders

Premier Endocrinology

Endocrinologists located in St. Cloud, FL & Kissimmee, FL

Having a lipid disorder means that you have high levels of harmful cholesterol particles that are known for causing heart disease. At Premier Endocrinology, you can get treatment for lipid disorders from two of Florida’s leading endocrinologists, Theresa Fynn, MD, in St. Cloud and Kwame Ntim, MD, in Kissimmee. Dr. Fynn and Dr. Ntim and their specialized team offer comprehensive lipid evaluations, so you can start protecting your heart today. Call the clinic nearest you to schedule an appointment or use the online booking feature.

Lipid Disorders Q & A

What are lipid disorders?

You have several types of cholesterol in your body that are essential for producing hormones and providing structure for cell membranes, among other functions. When you have a lipid disorder, though, you often have high levels of the “bad” cholesterol particles known as low-density lipoprotein (LDL).

Or you could have too much of the related harmful fatty substance, triglycerides, or similar fatty substance build up. In some cases, you could even have both high LDL cholesterol and high triglycerides.

A lipid disorder can lead to hardening and clogging of your arteries, which forces your heart to work harder than normal. These issues can increase your overall risk of developing heart disease.

Why do I have high cholesterol?

Having high cholesterol — or being diagnosed with a lipid disorder — can stem from your diet. If you have a diet high in saturated or trans fats, for instance, you’re more likely to have high LDL cholesterol or a build up of triglycerides or similar fatty substance. In some cases, high cholesterol and lipid disorders stem from or are related to:

  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)
  • Cushing’s syndrome
  • Kidney disease
  • A family history of lipid disorders
  • Genetic disorders, like Gaucher or Tay-Sachs disease

You’re also highly likely to develop lipid disorders and have a high LDL level if you have a sedentary lifestyle and don’t exercise. Being overweight or obese can further increase your risk.  

How are lipid disorders treated?

Lipid disorders and high cholesterol levels are complex issues that are directly related to heart health. Dr. Fynn and Dr. Ntim work diligently to find the best possible treatment options for your needs. Your lipid disorder treatment could involve:

  • Statin medication to absorb trapped cholesterol
  • Cholesterol absorption inhibitor pills
  • Fibrate prescriptions to lower triglycerides

In some cases, Dr. Fynn and Dr. Ntim also recommend the use of dietary supplements like niacin and omega-3 fatty acids to improve your cholesterol ratio and boost your good cholesterol, known as high-density lipoprotein (HDL).

The team at Premier Endocrinology even spend time counseling you on lifestyle changes that can help resolve lipid disorders and improve your heart health. Learning which foods you need more of and which foods to avoid, for example, can further help resolve issues with lipid disorders, including high triglycerides and high cholesterol.

Lipid disorders drastically increase your risk of heart disease, so get started on your treatment at Premier Endocrinology today. Schedule your visit either online or over the phone.