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ABOUT HIGH CHOLESTEROL
Am I at risk?
Am I at risk of high cholesterol?
There are many things that increase your risk of having high cholesterol:
Things you can't change
While some cholesterol comes from your diet, about 80% of cholesterol is made in the liver. The production of cholesterol in your liver is affected by your family history (genetics) and how your liver functions. This means that your diet and lifestyle are not the only things causing high cholesterol levels. Your risk of high cholesterol also increases with age.
Certain medical conditions can also increase your risk, including:
Additionally, some medications can increase the risk of high cholesterol, including:
Things you can change
There are some things you can change that will affect your risk of high cholesterol:
Concerned you may be at risk for high cholesterol? Do some of these risk factors hit close to home? Talk to your doctor about having your cholesterol levels tested.
Am I at risk of developing heart disease?
High cholesterol is an important risk factor for heart disease. Risk factors for heart disease include:
Things you can't change:
Things you can change or get treatment for:
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