In functional medicine, high cholesterol is viewed as a symptom of underlying imbalances rather than a disease itself. The approach to treating high cholesterol focuses on identifying and addressing these root causes. Here's how a functional medicine approach might be applied:

Overview of high cholesterol functional medicine treatment.

Strategy Description
Comprehensive Testing Advanced Lipid Profile, Inflammation markers, insulin resistance, thyroid panel, liver function
Diet Modifications Nutrient-dense, whole foods-based diet, low refined carbohydrates
Lifestyle Changes Exercise, stress management, sleep hygiene, smoking cessation
Gut Health Optimizing gut health: Probiotics, prebiotics, addressing gut dysbiosis
Supplements include omega-3 fatty acids, plant sterols, soluble fiber, niacin, and CoQ10
Addressing underlying Conditions insulin resistance, hypothyroidism, or metabolic syndrome

High cholesterol functional medicine treatment explained.

  1. Comprehensive Testing: Functional medicine providers conduct comprehensive testing to assess factors such as an advanced lipid profile (including LDL, HDL, and triglycerides), inflammation markers, insulin resistance, thyroid function, liver function, and genetic predispositions to better understand the underlying causes of high cholesterol.
  1. Dietary Modifications: Functional medicine emphasizes the importance of a nutrient-dense, whole foods-based diet to optimize cholesterol levels. Recommendations may include reducing intake of refined carbohydrates, sugar, and processed foods while increasing consumption of fiber-rich foods, healthy fats (such as olive oil, avocados, and fatty fish), and antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables.
  1. Lifestyle Changes: Lifestyle factors such as physical activity, stress management, adequate sleep, and smoking cessation can all impact cholesterol levels. Functional medicine providers give guidance on implementing lifestyle modifications to support overall health and cholesterol management.
  1. Gut Health: There is emerging evidence linking gut health to cholesterol metabolism. Functional medicine approaches may involve optimizing gut health through dietary modifications, probiotics, prebiotics, and addressing gut dysbiosis (imbalance of gut bacteria) to improve cholesterol levels.
  1. Supplements: Certain supplements may be recommended to support cholesterol metabolism and overall cardiovascular health. These may include omega-3 fatty acids, plant sterols, soluble fiber, niacin, and coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10).
  1. Identifying Underlying Conditions: High cholesterol can sometimes be a symptom of underlying conditions such as insulin resistance, hypothyroidism, or metabolic syndrome. Functional medicine providers seek to identify and address these underlying imbalances to help normalize cholesterol levels.
  1. Individualized Treatment: Treatment plans are personalized based on an individual's unique biochemical makeup, health history, and lifestyle factors. Functional medicine providers take a holistic approach to address the specific factors contributing to each person's high cholesterol.

Am I A Candidate?

Our Index Health team consists of qualified professionals who are knowledgeable about the functional medicine approach to high cholesterol management.  Trained functional medicine physicians, nutritionists, and health coaches can together develop a personalized treatment plan tailored to your specific needs and goals. To find out if you qualify for our services, please contact us at