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High Cholesterol and FH

Why You Should Be Tested for HIGH CHOLESTEROL and FH • Physical activity: Your body needs physical activity for your overall health. People who don’t get enough physical activity can become overweight or obese. But getting the physical activity you need can actually help you lose weight and raise your level of HDL-C. • Genes: Yes, you can inherit high levels of LDL-C and triglycerides, or low levels of HDL cholesterol, from your parents or other family members. • Age: The older you get, the more likely PLAY VIDEO Smoking Cessation Smoking Cessation video you are to have abnormal cholesterol levels. Past the age of 65, the risk increases significantly. These are the main risk factors for getting high cholesterol. But other health conditions can impact your levels of cholesterol and triglycerides, including: • Liver disease • Diabetes • Underactive thyroid • Kidney disease • Pancreatic disease There’s another aspect to these risk factors, too. If you have two or more of these factors, your risks for having high cholesterol are even higher. And, of course, having high cholesterol is itself a risk factor for serious cardiovascular conditions, including coronary heart disease, heart attack, stroke, angina, arrhythmias and other diseases. People who also have high blood pressure or diabetes are at an even greater risk for these conditions. 8


High Cholesterol and FH
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