Risk Factors for High Cholesterol


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About risk factors: Risk factors for High Cholesterol are factors that do not seem to be a direct cause of the disease, but seem to be associated in some way. Having a risk factor for High Cholesterol makes the chances of getting a condition higher but does not always lead to High Cholesterol. Also, the absence of any risk factors or having a protective factor does not necessarily guard you against getting High Cholesterol. For general information and a list of risk factors, see the risk center.

Risk factor list: The list of risk factors mentioned for High Cholesterol in various sources includes:

Risk factors discussion: Children from "high risk" families, in which a parent has high blood cholesterol (240 mg/dL or above) or in which a parent or grandparent has had heart disease at an early age (at 55 years or younger), should have their cholesterol levels tested. If a child from such a family has a cholesterol level that is high, it should be lowered under medical supervision, primarily with diet, to reduce the risk of developing heart disease as an adult. For most children, who are not from high-risk families, the best way to reduce the risk of adult heart disease is to follow a low saturated fat, low cholesterol eating pattern. All children over the age of 2 years and all adults should adopt a heart healthy eating pattern as a principal way of reducing coronary heart disease.1

Things you cannot do anything about also can affect cholesterol levels. These include:

Age and Gender. As women and men get older, their cholesterol levels rise. Before the age of menopause, women have lower total cholesterol levels than men of the same age. After the age of menopause, women's LDL levels tend to rise.

Heredity. Your genes partly determine how much cholesterol your body makes. High blood cholesterol can run in families.

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Risks factors for High Cholesterol: medical news summaries: The following medical news items are relevant to risk factors for High Cholesterol:



Footnotes:
1. excerpt from CHECK YOUR CHOLESTEROL AND HEART DISEASE I.Q: NHLBI
2. excerpt from NHLBI, High Blood Cholesterol What You Need to Know: NHLBI

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