Dyslipidemia_comorbidities & other conditions_Aging and Its Relation To High Cholesterol

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AGE AND ITS RELATION TO HIGH CHOLESTEROL

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Heart Health

AGE AND ITS RELATION TO HIGH CHOLESTEROL

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For some high cholesterol can be controlled by simple lifestyle changes, but for others the risks are out of their control.1

Age: A typical example of out-of-control risk factors

·        As we age the risk of high cholesterol rises as the body's chemistry changes. That’s because our liver can’t get rid of cholesterol from the blood.1,2

·        At a younger age, women have lower total cholesterol levels compared to men of the same age. But as women get older (after menopause), their LDL (bad) cholesterol levels tend to rise.3

·        Despite the fact that cholesterol levels tend to rise as we get older, children and teens might also be liable to high cholesterol. Main causes include unhealthy high-fat diet, having one or both parents suffering from high cholesterol or being obese or overweight. In addition to some chronic disease such as diabeteskidney disease, and some thyroid diseases, which might also cause high cholesterol in children and teens.4

At what time and how frequently you should be tested for high cholesterol is determined by your age, risk factors, and family history.3

You can also take steps to lower your risk for high cholesterol by changing things you can manage.

References:

1.       Knowing Your Risk for High Cholesterol. Centers for Disease Control. 2019. Available at: https://www.cdc.gov/cholesterol/risk_factors.htm Last accessed: 23/06/2019

2.       High cholesterol. Myoclinic Available at:https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/high-blood-cholesterol/symptoms-causes/syc-20350800 Last accessed: 23/06/2019

3.       Cholesterol Levels: What You Need to Know. Medline Plus: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. 2019 Available at: https://medlineplus.gov/cholesterollevelswhatyouneedtoknow.html Last accessed: 23/06/2019

4.       High Cholesterol in Children and Teens. Medline Plus: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. 2019 Available at: https://medlineplus.gov/highcholesterolinchildrenandteens.html Last accessed: 23/06/2019