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Controlling Cholesterol
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Several risk factors may lead to unhealthy cholesterol levels. Some you control—some you can’t.

In your control:

• Weight. Maintain a healthy weight. Excess pounds negatively affect your cholesterol levels.

• Diet. Avoid saturated and trans fats, which make you more prone to high cholesterol.

• Sedentary lifestyle. Engage in a regular exercise program. Lack of exercise can raise LDL (bad) levels and lower HDL (good) levels.

• Smoking. Don’t. Tobacco use lowers HDL levels.

Out of your control:

• Gender. Men usually have higher cholesterol levels. Women’s LDL levels go up after menopause, erasing the difference.

• Age. An increased risk of high cholesterol comes after age 45 for men and 55 for women.

• Genetics. If a close relative suffered from early heart disease, your risk increases.

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Reprinted with persmission from Signs of the Times, August 2006. Copyright © 2006 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines.

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