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What Causes High Cholesterol

Greasy and semi-cooked food lead to high cholesterol

People are afraid only of mentioning “high cholesterol”. It is mostly associated with heart disease and greasy food.
Cholesterol, however, could be influenced by both genetic factors and unhealthy lifestyle. Cardiologists monitor the levels of general cholesterol as well as “good” cholesterol (HDL) and “bad” cholesterol (LDL). High levels of bad cholesterol damage people’s health. High levels of HDL could also be risky. Some of the main reasons for high cholesterol are:

Genetic Predisposition
Very often people, whose parents had problems with their cholesterol, are genetically predisposed to high cholesterol. Overweight also reduces HDL cholesterol and increases triglycerides and LDL cholesterol. Excessive body weight and high cholesterol could cause serious cardiovascular problems.

Greasy Food
Greasy food increases cholesterol in blood – most of all, eggs, meat, cheese, margarines, animal fats, etc. Fried food also influences cholesterol. It is better to avoid food rich in trans fats – saturated fatty acids, and to consume more products rich in unsaturated fatty acids – omega-3.

Cigarettes and High Blood Pressure
Smoking and high blood pressure harm the blood vessels, thus increasing the risk of accumulation of cholesterol plaques on their walls. Smoking and high blood pressure reduce the levels of good cholesterol in blood.

Type 2 Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes causes high blood sugar which leads to narrowing of the blood vessels. This increases the possibility of cholesterol plaques formation.