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What is Cholesterol?

  By posted Feb 19th 2013
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What is Cholesterol?


What Factors Affect Cholesterol Levels?


According to Webmed, a variety of factors can affect cholesterol levels. They include:


Diet. Saturated fat and cholesterol in the food you eat increase cholesterol levels. Try to reduce the amount of saturated fat and cholesterol in your diet.


Weight. In addition to being a risk factor for heart disease, being overweight can also increase cholesterol. Losing weight can help lower your LDL and total cholesterol levels, as well as increase HDL cholesterol.


Exercise. Regular exercise can lower LDL cholesterol and raise HDL cholesterol. You should try to be physically active for at least 30 minutes on most days.


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


Diabetes. Poorly controlled diabetes increases cholesterol levels. With improvements in control, cholesterol levels can fall.


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


Other causes. Certain medications and medical conditions can cause high cholesterol.


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