Many people around the world suffer from this health problem, especially Americans. High levels of LDL cholesterol can be the main reason for cardiovascular problems – heart disease and heart attacks. Note: it doesn’t matter if you are old or young, male or female – all people can have high cholesterol. There are some factors and causes, that put you at a higher risk, such as: excessive smoking, poor diet, lack of exercise, obesity, large waist circumference, hypothyroidism and diabetes. The good thing is that you can control these factors. And the bad thing is that there are some factors that you can’t control, like genetics. This risk factor is beyond your control.