High Cholesterol Risk Factors

There are various risk factors for individuals to have high cholesterol. Do you know that more or less half of all the adult population actually have high amount of cholesterols, the level of which is over 200.

A great percentage of adults unfortunately have unhealthy levels of cholesterol. Younger set of adults and teenagers are likewise starting to have high levels of cholesterol because of the bad diet of low fiber and high fat.

High cholesterol among young adults can also be caused by the kind of unhealthy lifestyle that they live. Overall, however, the cholesterol levels of people have been in the decline in the past years if only because of the medications that doctors and health providers prescribed to help in the lowering of cholesterol level.

The most common risk factors that you might have making you most likely to become a candidate with high cholesterol and suffering from heart disease are the following:
 
Uncontrollable Risk Factors:

Menopause

After a female adult goes through the phase of menopause, the Low Density lipoproteins level or bad cholesterol goes up; this means her risk for coronary heart disease also increases.

Age bracket

As a person gets older, his risk for high cholesterol likewise increases. Males in the age bracket of 45 years and above and females who are in the age bracket of 55 years above are more likely to have greater risk of high cholesterol.

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Family History

A person’s family history of coronary disease is also an uncontrollable risk factor, with your risk increasing as your father or sibling suffered from an early coronary heart disease, before the age of 55. The risk is similarly high if you have a mother or sister who is suffering from early coronary heart disease before age 65. 

Controllable risk factors to having high levels of cholesterol include:

Body Weight:

If you are overweight, you have the greater tendency to push up your LDL-cholesterol levels and pull down your HDL level. The risk of having high levels of cholesterol starts by having at least a BMI or body mass index of 30.

Poor Food Diet:

The unhealthy food that you eat, especially those with high amounts of saturated fat and cholesterol raise that total amount of LDL-cholesterol. Foods that contain a high amount of cholesterol such as whole fat dairy food products and red animal meat will certainly increase your total levels of cholesterol. Intake of saturated fat that are normally found in animal and poultry products, as well as trans fats that are found in commercial crackers and cookies can also increase your cholesterol levels.
 
Less physical activities and exercise

Decreased or non-existent physical activity helps to developing high LDL-cholesterol and lowers HDL-cholesterol or good cholesterol levels. Lack of exercise definitely puts you at great high cholesterol risk. On the other hand, exercise aids in boosting the body's good cholesterol as it lowers the bad cholesterol.
 
Smoking:

Cigarette and even tobacco smoking greatly damage the walls and membranes of the body’s blood vessels; this eventually makes them accumulate fatty deposits, consequently developing heart disease. Smoking is one of the major causes why your good cholesterol decreases.