What Increases Your Risk
Some things that increase
your risk for
high cholesterol are things you can change, but some are
not. It's important to lower your risk as much as possible.
Things you can change include:
- Eating foods high in
saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol.
- Being overweight.
- Not being active every day.
Each of these things can raise your LDL, lower your HDL, or both.
Things you cannot change include:
- Family history. If high cholesterol
runs in your family, you may have it, and it may be harder to treat.
- Age and gender.
For more information, see Cause.
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Robert A. Kloner, MD, PhD - Cardiology
June 29, 2012
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