Whenever someone is diagnosed with high cholesterol, they immediately think about what they are eating, and how their diet may have affected their high cholesterol levels. This is a good initial strategy, as in a large number of cases – the diet is the culprit.
However, you also need to be aware of the secondary causes of high cholesterol – that is, the things other than the diet which is able to cause high LDL cholesterol, and low HDL cholesterol.
In this article, we will inform you about the most common secondary causes of high cholesterol, so that if you are not able to identify the error in your diet or nutrition program, you may be able to look elsewhere for answers.
Common Secondary Causes of High Cholesterol
Following are the three most common reasons, other than the diet, which will surely result in high cholesterol in the long term if not readily dealt with:
- Excess body weight (high body fat percentage).
- The low rate of physical activity.
- Diabetes (both types).
In addition to these three major contributing factors of high cholesterol is, of course, the family history of cholesterol. If your family has a traceable history of high cholesterol levels, you should be screened once every year to ensure that you are not following in the dangerous footsteps of those who have gone before you.
Remember, it’s better to be safe than sorry – and in the case of high cholesterol, “being sorry” could mean a permanent disability as the result of a stroke or heart attack.
Less Common Secondary Causes
Other causes of high cholesterol, which are slightly less common but nonetheless important to note, are as follows:
- Long term sleep deprivation.
- Vitamin deficiency.
- Kidney disease/failure.
Clearly, some of these five issues have more serious side-effects than the high cholesterol – and if you were to encounter one of these problems, there would probably be more things on your mind than simply resolving or dealing with future cholesterol levels.
However, that was not the point of this article. Ultimately, if you have done everything to reduce your bad cholesterol levels – and every step you have taken has failed – that is when you should be looking to the above complications, to see if they relate to the levels of high cholesterol.