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What are the CHD risk factors I can control?

Cholesterol and Diabetes

High blood cholesterol. High blood cholesterol is a major risk factor for atherosclerosis, the artery-clogging process that causes CHD. If you have a family history of heart disease or high cholesterol, your children are at greater risk for CHD and high cholesterol, too. They should have their cholesterol checked. Parents of children with high cholesterol should work closely with the doctor to lower it.

Diabetes. Untreated diabetes can lead to serious health problems, including CHD. One reason for this is that people with diabetes often have high triglycerides and low HDL. Here are some of the problems it may cause.

  • Many people with diabetes develop heart or peripheral vascular disease. And they often die from it. So it is very important that you keep your blood glucose as close to normal as possible.
  • Diabetes puts you at increased risk for high blood pressure. This is another major risk factor for heart disease and stroke.

If you have diabetes, see your doctor regularly.