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What are the causes of high cholesterol?

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Dr. Ray Holt
Dr. Ray Holtanswered
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Lots of reasons: Genetics, a diet high in calories/fat, sedentary lifestyle, underactive thyroid, and diabetes are some.
Dr. Vasu Brown
Integrative Medicine 34 years experience
Thyroid + gall bladd: Healthy gallbladder and liver uses cholesterol to make bile so normalizing them will normalize cholesterol. Cholesterol is formed in liver under influence of thyroid. Cholesterol is needed to make hormones in body if hormones are unbalanced (high estrogen states) stresses thyroid which slows down, increasing cholesterol and if gallbladder does not work and thin bile liver backs up cholesterol.
Dr. Christopher White
Cardiology 43 years experience
Diet & liver metab: The two sources of cholesterol are dietary (you eat it) or your liver produces it. Statins are medications to reduce liver production.
Dr. Doug Hansen
Family Medicine 22 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.
Dr. Rick Koch
Cardiology 22 years experience
Poor diet, obesity: & genetics & smoking.

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What are the causes of high cholesterol in humans?

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Dr. William Haynes
Endocrinology 37 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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What causes people to have high cholesterol?

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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!
A 47-year-old member asked:

Is high cholesterol caused only by hypertension?

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Dr. Sarab Alfata
Family Medicine 20 years experience
No: Two separate diseases by they tend to happen together in most of the time, high cholesterol can be genetic or related to your life style. Same with hypertension. Having both together will increase the risks and complications from both.
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High cholesterol causes dizzyness?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Not per se: High cholesterol by itself does not cause any symptoms. The disorders induced by high cholesterol may. If the dizziness has persisted for more than two weeks, it would be time to see your doctor.
A 49-year-old member asked:

What would be the most common causes and symptoms of high cholesterol?

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Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
Diet and Genetic: Causes of high cholesterol are diet in high saturated fats and genetic we inherited from our parents there mau be no symptoms in most people and it is diagnosed by glood test.Rarely you see discoloured growths in the skin called xantholasma or bumps in tendons in the hands and feet.

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