Genetics, diet, physical inactivity, age, and gender are common factors that increase cholesterol levels. High cholesterol levels can also result secondary to other disorders that are responsible for changing a patient's lipid profile.1
What can cause acquired hyperlipidemia?
- Type 2 diabetes lowers “good” cholesterol levels and raises “bad” cholesterol levels.2
- Obesity escalates triglyceride levels, increases “bad” cholesterol levels, and lower “good” cholesterol levels. 2
- Having an underactive thyroid gland results in subsequent raising of levels of "bad" cholesterol (LDL), triglycerides and total cholesterol.1
- Other disorders including but not limited to familial hypercholesterolemia (FH), can cause elevated LDL cholesterol levels, at a young age.2
Regardless of its cause, your high cholesterol level needs to be controlled as if left untreated you will still carry the same health hazards of cardiovascular disease.1