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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    What are the risk factors for developing high cholesterol?

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  • Lisa Yates


    I graduated with a Masters of Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Sydney in 1996 and have been working part time in private practice … View Profile

    Risk factors for high cholesterol include:
    - family history of high cholesterol, heart disease, stroke, blood pressure, obesity, diabetes
    - being overweight
    - having diabetes, PCOS, insulin resistance, Metabolic Syndrome
    - age - although these days more kids are developing high cholesterol based on poor diet and lack of exercise
    - poor diet - high in saturated fat, low in fibre, high glycemic index
    - sedentary lifestyle

    For individual dietary advice seek help from an accredited practising dietitian (APD).

    Lisa Yates Consultant  Dietitian Advanced Accredited Practising Dietitian (Adv APD)

  • Nicole Senior

    Dietitian, Nutritionist

    I'm an Accredited Practising Dietitian and Nutritionist, consultant, author, speaker and food and health enthusiast. I love talking and writing about food and health.(please note, … View Profile

    In addition to Lisa's answer, women's cholesterol generally goes up after menopause so this period is especially important for healthy lifestyle, especially limiting weight gain and enjoying a heart-friendly diet. It's important because heart disease is still the biggest killer of Australian women. If you'd like to know how to achieve a heart-friendly cholesterol-lowering (and enjoyable) diet, grab a copy of Eat to Beat Cholesterol for great tips, delicious recipes and eating plans - available at

  • Ajay Pati

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    what is high cholerostrol?
    What food should be avoided by a high cholerostrol patient

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