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What causes atherosclerosis? My diet consists of lost of fast food, however I do not have high cholesterol, what are the chances that i will develop atherosclerosis?

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Dr. Thomas Namey
Internal Medicine - Rheumatology

In brief: Many things!

Your family history is important.
Cholesterol values alone are not as predictive of the ratio of total cholesterol, to HDL cholesterol. High blood pressure, smoking, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome, with Insulin resistance, which is primarily seen in people with "belly" weight, ie. Apples! lack of exercise is a major factor as well.

In brief: Many things!

Your family history is important.
Cholesterol values alone are not as predictive of the ratio of total cholesterol, to HDL cholesterol. High blood pressure, smoking, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome, with Insulin resistance, which is primarily seen in people with "belly" weight, ie. Apples! lack of exercise is a major factor as well.
Dr. Thomas Namey
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Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Internal Medicine

In brief: Fast

Fast food can certainly raise your cholesterol, one of a number of important risk factors for atherosclerosis.
Although your cholesterol may not be high now, it is at risk of increasing over time. Fast food also contains excessive salt, which can cause high blood pressure and this also increases your risk for atherosclerosis. And if you order a soda with the meal, you are consuming high fructose corn syrup, which has been linked to diabetes and obesity. Lastly, if you are eating fast food it is probably at the expense of fresh fruits and vegetables so you are missing out on the countless protective effects of these food groups. A good first step to reducing your risk of atherosclerosis would be to minimize your fast food intake and to instead always chose the fresh food option.

In brief: Fast

Fast food can certainly raise your cholesterol, one of a number of important risk factors for atherosclerosis.
Although your cholesterol may not be high now, it is at risk of increasing over time. Fast food also contains excessive salt, which can cause high blood pressure and this also increases your risk for atherosclerosis. And if you order a soda with the meal, you are consuming high fructose corn syrup, which has been linked to diabetes and obesity. Lastly, if you are eating fast food it is probably at the expense of fresh fruits and vegetables so you are missing out on the countless protective effects of these food groups. A good first step to reducing your risk of atherosclerosis would be to minimize your fast food intake and to instead always chose the fresh food option.
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
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