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High Cholesterol Risk Factors: Those You Can Change
Fortunately, there are many risk factors that you can control. These include:
* What you eat. It's unclear exactly how a diet that's high in saturated fat leads to an increased level of cholesterol in your blood, but doctors do know that high cholesterol in the blood causes atherosclerosis, also known as hardening or narrowing of the arteries, that increases your risk of heart disease and heart attack. The fats that cause this include saturated fats, trans-fatty acids (or trans fats), and cholesterol found in egg yolks, meat, and cheese.
* Weight. Obesity can increase LDL levels, reduce HDL levels, and increase the total cholesterol level.
* No exercise. A sedentary lifestyle and a lack of regular exercise is another risk factor for high cholesterol. Exercising will help you to lower your LDL level, raise your HDL level, and lose weight.
* Diabetes. Having diabetes may worsen your cholesterol levels. It's also an additional risk for coronary heart disease. If you have diabetes and also have high LDL levels, your risk of coronary heart disease will dramatically increase.
* High blood pressure. Having high blood pressure along with high cholesterol can increase your risk of heart disease and heart attack. If you have high blood pressure, it is important that you take steps to lower your blood pressure.
* Smoking. Cigarette smoking may decrease HDL levels, and is, in itself, an additional risk factor for atherosclerosis and heart disease.
While there are some things you can't change, like family history, age, and gender, there are a number of steps you can take to lower your overall cholesterol. Follow a healthy diet, exercise, and keep your weight in check to reduce your chances for having high cholesterol.
Last Updated: 06/17/2009
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One of the best things you can do for yourself, a family member, or a friend is to educate and advocate.
I never knew I even had high cholesterol or any issues with my blood pressure.
It was on a visit to my doctor after he sent me for blood tests that I found my cholesterol was dangerously high.
My blood pressure is high.
I take medication for both.
Please be pro-active about your heart health, it could save your LIFE.