The risk of high cholesterol increases with age. It is more common in men. It is also more common in women after menopause.
Factors that may increase your risk of high cholesterol include:
Family members with high cholesterol
A high fat diet
An inactive lifestyle
High cholesterol does not usually cause symptoms. However, it can increase your risk of
atherosclerosis. This can block the flow of blood with a fatty buildup known as plaque. Cholesterol deposits may also form in tendons, under the eyes, or in the eye.
Other factors that may increase your risk include:
Last reviewed March 2018 by
EBSCO Medical Review Board
Marcin Chwistek, MD
Last Updated: 4/4/2018
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