Health Tip: What's Behind High Cholesterol?

Risk factors include poor diet and exercise habits

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(HealthDay News) -- High cholesterol is a risk factor for serious health problems, from heart attack to stroke.

The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute mentions these possible causes:

  • Eating a diet high in cholesterol-rich foods, such as meat, cheese, egg yolks and other animal products. Foods high in saturated and trans fats also increase cholesterol.
  • Being overweight or lack of physical activity can lead to extra pounds and boost cholesterol.
  • Being age 55 or older increases your risk of high cholesterol.
  • Having an inherited condition called familial cholesterolemia leads to high cholesterol.

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