Debra Wood, RN
A risk factor is something that increases your chances of getting a disease or condition.
Although a person with specific risk factors is at increased risk, anyone can develop a lipid disorder. Having one or more of the risk factors listed below does not necessarily mean that you will get a lipid disorder. But if you do have any of these specific risk factors, you should talk with your doctor about what you can do to reduce your increased risk of developing a lipid disorder.
Cholesterol levels increase as we age. In women, low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels often increase after menopause.
Other factors that may increase your risk for lipid disorders include:
Family history of lipid disorders
—Certain types of high cholesterol are inherited.
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Last reviewed March 2016 by Marcin Chwistek, MD
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