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Several risk factors may lead to unhealthy cholesterol levels. Some you control—some you can’t.
In your control:
Maintain a healthy weight. Excess pounds negatively affect your cholesterol levels.
Avoid saturated and trans fats, which make you more prone to high cholesterol.
Engage in a regular exercise program. Lack of exercise can raise LDL (bad) levels and lower HDL (good) levels.
Don’t. Tobacco use lowers HDL levels.
Out of your control:
Men usually have higher cholesterol levels. Women’s LDL levels go up after menopause, erasing the difference.
An increased risk of high cholesterol comes after age 45 for men and 55 for women.
If a close relative suffered from early heart disease, your risk increases.
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