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Risk Factors for Blood Cholesterol: Doctor-diagnosed High Cholesterol

Risk Factors

The risk factors for high cholesterol include lack of exercise, overweight and obesity, cigarette smoking, and high cholesterol diet. Some risk factors can be reduced through lifestyle changes. Others, such as family history and liver functioning, are more difficult to control. Certain medications can contribute to high cholesterol as well. Individuals are encouraged to discuss their risk factors with a physician and request blood cholesterol screening at least every five years.

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