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Cholesterol and Children (cont.)

High Cholesterol Risk Factors in Children

There are two broad categories of risk factors when considering high cholesterol. Some risk factors are beyond a person's control. These include:

  • heredity (family history of cardiovascular disease and stroke),
  • gender (males more likely to have "classic" symptoms vs. females more likely to have "nonclassic symptoms");
  • postmenopausal state, and
  • race (African Americans risk > American Indians > Mexican Americans > Caucasians.

Controllable risk factors or factors that an individual can influence include:

  • smoking,
  • elevated LDL and low HDL,
  • elevated blood pressure,
  • obesity,
  • diabetes, and
  • a high stress lifestyle.

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