Cholesterol is a fat (also called a lipid) that your body needs to work properly. But too much bad cholesterol can increase your chance of getting heart disease, stroke, and other problems. The medical term for high blood cholesterol is lipid disorder, or hyperlipidemia.
There are many types of cholesterol. The ones talked about most are:
- Total cholesterol – all the cholesterols combined
- High density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol – often called “good” cholesterol
- Low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol – often called “bad” cholesterol
For many people, abnormal cholesterol levels are partly due to an unhealthy lifestyle — most commonly, eating a diet that is high in fat. Other lifestyle factors are:
- Being overweight
- Heavy alcohol use
- Lack of exercise and leading an inactive lifestyle
Certain health conditions can also lead to high cholesterole, including:
- Underactive thyroid gland
- Polycystic ovary syndrome
- Kidney disease
- Pregnancy and other conditions that increase levels of female hormones
Medicines such as certain birth control pills, diuretics (water pills), beta-blockers, and some medicines used to treat depression may also raise cholesterol levels.
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