What is high cholesterol?
High cholesterol is when there's too much bad cholesterol (LDL) and/or not enough good cholesterol (HDL) in your blood.
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What causes high cholesterol?
High cholesterol can have different causes in different people. Some of these causes can be changed and some of them cannot. Even if the underlying cause cannot be changed you can still improve your health by taking steps to lower your cholesterol (see below).
Causes for high cholesterol which can be changed include:
- eating too much refined sugar or unhealthy fats
- not being physically active
- being overweight
Causes for high cholesterol which cannot be changed include:
- your age
- your genes (family history)
- some medical conditions.