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What affects cholesterol levels?

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High cholesterol tends to run in families, so obviously genes play a role. But a variety of lifestyle choices -- including diet, activity, and body weight -- also affect cholesterol levels. The only way to know how high your cholesterol levels are is to get a simple blood test. Everyone over 20 should get a cholesterol test at least once every 5 years. If your numbers are high, your doctor may recommend the test more often.

From: High Cholesterol in Men WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: 

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: “High Blood Cholesterol.” 

National Cholesterol Education Program: “High Blood Cholesterol: What you Need to Know.” 

Harvard School of Public Health: “Fats & Cholesterol.” 

American Heart Association. 

Ekelund and others February 2007.  Diabetes Care,

Nicholls and others , Feb 7, 2007.  JAMA

David Ludwig, MD, professor of endocrinology, Children’s Hospital, Boston.

Reviewed by James Beckerman on July 6, 2018

SOURCES: 

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: “High Blood Cholesterol.” 

National Cholesterol Education Program: “High Blood Cholesterol: What you Need to Know.” 

Harvard School of Public Health: “Fats & Cholesterol.” 

American Heart Association. 

Ekelund and others February 2007.  Diabetes Care,

Nicholls and others , Feb 7, 2007.  JAMA

David Ludwig, MD, professor of endocrinology, Children’s Hospital, Boston.

Reviewed by James Beckerman on July 6, 2018

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