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Living with High Cholesterol

I have cholesterol issues. Are there other conditions I should pay special attention to?

Indeed, other pathologic conditions can interplay with hypercholesterolemia, and cause even further damage. Such comorbid conditions include:
  • Type 2 diabetes: patients with type 2 diabetes often have lower HDL cholesterol levels and elevated triglyceride and LDL cholesterol levels, which raises the risk for heart disease and stroke.
  • Obesity. Obesity is associated with elevated levels of triglycerides and LDL cholesterol, and lower HDL cholesterol levels.1

I have just gone through menopause, and my physician prescribed me a test to assess my lipid profile. Is there a connection?

Indeed. After women go through menopause, their bad cholesterol levels tend to increase.2

I am 25 years old. Should I have my cholesterol checked?

Cholesterol level checks should begin when you are young, since clogging of the arteries is a progressive process that takes many years.2