A risk factor is something that raises your chances of getting a health problem.
You can have a lipid disorder with or without the risk factors listed below. But the more you have, the greater the chances of getting it. If you have many risk factors, ask your doctor what you can do to lower your risk.
Lipid disorders are linked to poor lifestyle habits. This can come from:
Other factors that may make the risk of lipid disorders higher:
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Last reviewed March 2019 by
EBSCO Medical Review Board Marcin Chwistek, MD
Last Updated: 5/28/2019