High cholesterol is quite often only discovered once a serious, related health problem is discovered. In order to stop high cholesterol levels before they lead to serious health problems, regular GP check-ups and knowing the leading causes of high cholesterol are the best ways to manage cholesterol risk. In this article, we outline some of the main causes of high cholesterol you need to be aware of.

If you have serious concerns about cholesterol, you should contact your doctor promptly.

 

Causes of High Cholesterol

 

1. Diet

Diets high in saturated fats can cause cholesterol  problems. This includes animal fats in meats like pork, veal, beef, milk, eggs, butter, most biscuits and crisps and many fried foods.

 

2. Obesity

There is a well documented link between obesity and high cholesterol. Maintaining a healthy body weight can help maintain a healthy cholesterol level and reduces your risk of developing other cardiovascualr / heart conditions.

 

3. Physical Activity

People living sedentary lifestyles not only have a higher risk of cholesterol problems, but also a range of heart-related health problems.

 

4. Gender and Age

After age 20 (give or take a few years) cholesterol levels naturally begin to rise. In men, cholesterol levels tend to plateau around age 50. Women’s cholesterol levels rise later in life, and often increase after menopause. Whilst you cannot control your gender or age, the above can help you be aware of which stage in your life  you need to start paying more attention to cholesterol levels.

 

 5. Genetics

Some factors involved in heart disease and high cholesterol cannot be controlled. If there is a family history of heart disease or high cholesterol, there may be a genetic pre-disposition to blame.

 

6. Smoking

Add “Increased risk of cholesterol problems” to the long, long list of reasons why you should not be smoking. Smoking reduces good cholesterol levels, and increase your risk of hundreds of other diseases including heart disease, heart attack, hypertension, stroke and arterial disease.

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This article was provided by our online health partner Health365. For more information on managing cholesterol, visit www.health365.com.au.