High cholesterol is associated with an elevated risk of cardiovascular disease.
That can include coronary heart disease, stroke, and peripheral vascular disease.
High cholesterol has also been linked to diabetes and high blood pressure.
What diseases cause high cholesterol?
Health Conditions That Lead to High Cholesterol
- Diabetes (insufficient production of the hormone insulin)
- Kidney disease.
- Cushing syndrome (an excess production of hormones)
- Hypothyroidism (an underactive thyroid)
- Liver diseases including cirrhosis and nonalcoholic steatohepatitis.
What are the symptoms of high cholesterol in the body?
Ask about being tested for high cholesterol. You develop symptoms of heart disease, stroke, or atherosclerosis in other blood vessels, such as left-sided chest pain, pressure, or fullness; dizziness; unsteady gait; slurred speech; or pain in the lower legs.
What can cause a sudden increase in cholesterol?
Poor diet.Eating saturated fat, found in animal products, and trans fats, found in some commercially baked cookies and crackers and microwave popcorn, can raise your cholesterol level. Foods that are high in cholesterol, such as red meat and full-fat dairy products, will also increase your cholesterol.
What is extremely high cholesterol?
LDL cholesterol levels should be less than 100 mg/dL. A reading of 130 to 159 mg/dL is borderline high and 160 to 189 mg/dL is high. A reading of 190 mg/dL or higher is considered very high. HDL levels should be kept higher. A reading of less than 40 mg/dL is considered a major risk factor for heart disease.