IF YOUR CHOLESTEROL LEVELS remain high even when you have stopped smoking, started workouts at the gym and changed to a vegetable-based diet, chances are, it’s not your lifestyle that’s clogging up your arteries. Perhaps your family has something to do with it.
Can it be true that you can inherit high cholesterol from your parents?
We have compiled a few sites that have answered the question in the title well. One of the best answers is given by Everyday Health as excerpted below.
High Cholesterol: Are your genes to blame?
When high cholesterol strikes the very young, sometimes it’s not their fault. Rather than persistently unhealthy habits, it’s genetics. Inherited disorders such as familial (meaning “runs in families”) hyperlipidemia and hypercholesterolemia can lead to dangerously high blood cholesterol, which can be difficult to control. However, high cholesterol levels can be kept at bay with diet and medication.
High Cholesterol ─ The Genetic Effect
Certain genetic abnormalities can raise cholesterol levels no matter how carefully you manage your diet.
1. This is a condition that causes high cholesterol levels
2. It’s the inherited form of the condition
3. People with this genetic condition face significant cholesterol levels
4. About one in every 500 people have familial hypercholesterolemia and they are at a significantly increased risk of developing coronary artery disease and plaque buildup and of having heart attacks.
5. It can be diagnosed by looking at family history, blood tests measuring cholesterol levels, genetic testing and a stress test.
6. It can be treated with lifestyle changes and statins.
Familial combined hyperlipidemia
1. This is a condition where there is a high level of fat particles in the blood including cholesterol.
2. It is a hereditary condition that causes high cholesterol and high triglycerides, both of which are major risk factors for heart disease.
3. About 13 million people in US have coronary artery disease; about 20% of those in that group who are under age 60 have familial combined hyperlipidemia
4. Familial combined hyperlipidemia also commonly causes heart attacks in younger people because high cholesterol becomes an issue as early as the teen years
5. It’s more common in families with a history of high cholesterol
6. Genetic testing and blood tests to measure cholesterol and triglyceride levels can diagnose familial combined hyperlipidemia.
7. It can be treated with lifestyle changes and medication including fibrates, statins and bile acid sequestrants ─ drugs that remove cholesterol from the body