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Genetics and High Cholesterol

Updated: 3 days ago

Cholesterol can help your body metabolize nutrients and produce healthy structures for your cell membranes, among other benefits. But an excessive amount of cholesterol can cause heart failure and circulatory conditions. Many times, your genetics could play a role in whether or not you could develop high cholesterol, and you may not even be aware of it.

Double board-certified physician Dr. Raj Singh and the staff at HEALOR Primary Care in Las Vegas, NV can help you manage and treat your high cholesterol. We provide support for people who experience high cholesterol levels, including those where the condition is hereditary.

Understanding how family members can experience high cholesterol

The reason why high cholesterol can run in the family comes from familial hypercholesterolemia. This genetic condition involves a person inheriting genes that entail cholesterol levels increasing in the blood. A defective receptor will cause the cholesterol levels in the body to stay elevated. It becomes harder for the body to manage the cholesterol deposits it collects when this happens.