Cholesterol: The Good, the Bad and What to Do About It | University of Michigan – Michigan Medicine

It’s hard to keep up with all of the headlines about what to eat, what supplements to take, and when medication should be considered to keep your heart healthy. Your cells need cholesterol to function, but too much and you’re at risk for a heart attack or stroke.

Where do you even start?

Luckily, Eric J. Brandt, M.D., a cardiologist and lipidologist, joined us recently to share his approach to managing cholesterol.

“What we focus on are treating diseases that are genetic or lifestyle mediated,” says Brandt. “We bring a very specific lenses and toolkit to trying to use specific medications to manage those disorders.”

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In a recent Facebook live video, featured above, Brandt explains it all: from good and bad cholesterol to the health risks of high cholesterol and advice on ways to lower it, to lifestyle changes, medications and alternative treatments that can be used.

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