#12: Hyperlipidemia (High Cholesterol)
What it Is:
High cholesterol can be genetic or acquired, and it presents a variety of health risks. People with hyperlipidemia are at greater risk of stroke, heart attack, and hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis). The condition is typically chronic, and requires ongoing treatment.
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How to Prevent It:
High cholesterol can be genetic, meaning if you’re born with a predisposition to this condition, there isn’t much you can do to completely prevent it. However there are ways to limit the dangers associated with hyperlipidemia. Stay away from saturated and trans fats, as well as sweets. Exercise regularly. Don’t smoke. Lose weight or maintain a healthy weight. Keep your dinner plate flush with fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fish, nuts, and poultry.