Disorders that Increase Cholesterol

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Heart Health

Disorders that increase Cholesterol


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