High Cholesterol Risk Factors

Should You Be Concerned?

Written by Kamiah A. Walker

What do you need to know to about your risk of developing high cholesterol?  While hyperlipidemia runs in some families, still there are choices you can make every day to favorably influence your blood cholesterol, and ultimately, your heart health.

Yes—your lifestyle has quite a bit to do with your serum cholesterol levels.  Run through this checklist of high cholesterol risk factors to see if you should be concerned.

7 High Cholesterol Risk Factors

Family History of Heart Problems:  If one of your parents or if a sibling developed heart disease early (before age 551), then you’re more likely to develop high cholesterol leading to heart disease.

You Can Control Some High Cholesterol Risk Factors
As you can see in the list above, there are some risk factors in your control when it comes to developing high cholesterol.  Watching what you eat and what you weigh are both factors that are in your hands, as is the amount of exercise that you get.

Take charge of those “lifestyle” risk factors and work hard to protect your heart—this goes without saying, but it’s well worth it.

If you have any of the high cholesterol risk factors listed, talk to your doctor about what you can do to better protect your heart.  Especially if you have type 2 diabetes and a family history of heart disease, you will want to work hard to control your cholesterol.



  1. High Cholesterol:  Risk Factors.  Mayo Clinic Web site.  http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/high-blood-cholesterol/DS00178/DSECTION=risk-factors.  Updated June 1, 2011.  Accessed September 1, 2011.


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