When a person has high levels of cholesterol, a fat-like substance in a person’s blood, over time it builds up in the walls of arteries, creating a greater likelihood of heart disease, the number one killer of men and women in the United States each year. High cholesterol can also be the culprit for strokes. There are two main types of cholesterol. LDL cholesterol, known as the bad cholesterol, is the main source of unwanted build up in the arteries. HDL cholesterol is known as the good cholesterol, helping keep the bad cholesterol from building up in the arteries. There are some causes of high cholesterol that a person does not have control over such as heredity, age, and gender.
The best way to control cholesterol levels is to live a healthy lifestyle. These are some causes of high cholesterol.