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Health Tip: What's Behind High Cholesterol?

More than just your diet

(HealthDay News) -- High cholesterol is a major risk factor for heart disease. If your numbers are rising, there are a few possible reasons.

The U.S. National Heart Lung and Blood Institute lists these factors that can affect blood cholesterol:

  • A diet high in saturated fat or cholesterol-rich foods.
  • Being overweight.
  • Not getting enough exercise.
  • Getting older, and being a postmenopausal female.
  • A family history of high cholesterol.
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