According to history and research, genes are the greatest risk factor contributing to high cholesterol. If any of your parents has  high cholesterol, then chances exist that you will ‘inherit’ it.

However, genetics is not the only factor responsible for high cholesterol. Below are some other factors that lead to high cholesterol.

1. Poor Diet

Any diet that contains high level of saturated fat can push your cholesterol levels up. They are normally found in beef and full-fat milk products. Avoid them

2. Obesity

Having a body mass index (BMI) greater than 30 simply put you at risk of higher levels of bad cholesterol (LDL).

3. Lack of exercise

The lesser the exercise, the more likely you are to be overweight — a condition which pushes up your cholesterol levels. To avoid this, simply work out regularly; this increases your levels of HDL cholesterol while increasing the size of LDL particles, which makes them less harmful.

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