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A 29-year-old member asked:

What are the main causes of high cholesterol and how can you lower it?

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Dr. R Hardwin Mead
43 years experience
Your parents!: The main reason for elevated lipids/cholesterol levels are genetic. That is why a family history of premature cardiac disease is so important. If you do have this history, you should have you cholesterol levels checked.
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Dr. Doug Hansen
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Genetics & Lifestyle: These are the two main causes of high cholesterol. For the average individual only about 10 to 20% of your circulating cholesterol is from dietary sources, the remainder is manufactured by the liver according to your genetic "set point." foutunately the are a number of options available to control both sources of cholesterol in the body.
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A 33-year-old member asked:

What causes high cholesterol, what are its risks, and what can I do to lower the risks?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Derrick Lonsdale
Preventive Medicine 74 years experience
Triglycerides: Are more important than cholesterol. Although cholesterol is involved in atheroma (arterial disease) it is not the cause. Triglycerides are associated with sugar ingestion.
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A 35-year-old member asked:

What can be done to lower of high cholesterol?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Wilentz
Cardiology 46 years experience
Diet, drugs, genes!: Eat less, shift intake to non-animal fats and proteins. Lose weight if overweight. Medical check to make sure thyroid is not low, etc. If high risk or have vascular disease and can't decrease LDL to goals, use statins - tested in tens of thousands and proven to save life and heart and brain! other drugs have not been shown helpful though they may lower ldl. Someday may be able to modify genetics.
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A 45-year-old member asked:

What are the causes of high cholesterol in humans?

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Dr. William Haynes
Internal Medicine - Endocrinology 38 years experience
Genes and diet: Most people with high cholesterol inherit one or several abnormal genes that give them a high level. When levels are very high this is called familial hypercholesterolemia, and can cause heart attacks even in children. Diet is a contributor to high cholesterol but is less important, though if a patient is overweight, then weight loss can reduce cholesterol by 20-30%.
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A 39-year-old member asked:

What are the causes of high cholesterol?

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Dr. Ray Holt
Dr. Ray Holtanswered
Family Medicine 29 years experience
Lots of reasons: Genetics, a diet high in calories/fat, sedentary lifestyle, underactive thyroid, and diabetes are some.
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A 34-year-old member asked:

What causes people to have high cholesterol?

2 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Maureen Mays
Specializes in Clinical Lipidology
Depends: For many it is genetic - you get it from your parents. Eating poorly can also cause a bad lipid panel: high amounts of sugar, saturated fat, processed foods and smoking can all have a negative impact on lipids. Some, however, eat and exercise perfectly and still have a horrid lipid panel - that's where medicines can help!
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