High Cholesterol Risk Factors



Some high cholesterol risk factors are within your control; some are not. It is important to reduce as many of your risk factors as possible.

Controllable Risk Factors

A High Saturated Fat Diet

  • Raises LDL "bad" cholesterol and lowers HDL "good" cholesterol

  • The American Heart Association recommends getting no more than 30% calories from fat

A High Cholesterol Diet

  • Raises LDL "bad" cholesterol and lowers HDL "good" cholesterol

Being Overweight

  • Lowers HDL and may raise LDL

Lack of Regular Exercise

  • Raises LDL and lowers HDL

Smoking

  • May lower HDL by as much as 15 %

Stress Levels

  • Several studies suggest that emotional stress can elevate cholesterol levels.

Metabolic Syndrome (ie Diabetes)






Uncontrollable Risk Factors

  • Family History
  • Age
  • Sex

Research

Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics. American Heart Association, 2005 Update

Organizations

  • American Obesity Association
  • Nicotine Anonymous

Related Links

High Cholesterol Risks

High Cholesterol Symptoms

Heart Attack Symptoms

Stroke Symptoms

Recognizing a Stroke

Peripheral Vascular Disease Symptoms


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This page was last updated on 12/26/05.