5 things that WILL increase your cholesterol levels!

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Last time we talked about things that will not increase your cholesterol levels, so naturally, it makes sense if I give you a list of things that will actually make you more prone to hypercholesterolemia, isn’t it?

So without any further due, here is the list of 5 things that are responsible for increasing your cholesterol levels-

Number 1. Genetics

Yes, like it or not, much like many other disorders hypercholesterolemia also has its roots deeply embedded in one’s genetic make-up.


The Genetically originated form of the disorder is better known as “Familial Hypercholesterolemia”. or FH.

Naturally, our body produces all the cholesterol that we need for our normal bodily functions (synthesis of Vit D and steroid hormones, new cell membrane generation, lipid molecule transport etc), and once the cholesterol has done its role our body recycles it in the form of bile and produces new cholesterol molecules. What happens in FH is that the affected person’s body is unable to recycle cholesterol while still producing new cholesterol. Hence, the level of cholesterol in the blood keeps increasing. FH runs in family and one of the two parents having it increases the risk of inheriting it by almost 50%.

Number 2. Liver

Yes, remember us discussing how all mammals, birds and some fish make cholesterol. Well to be exact, of all the cholesterol synthesis, ~20% happens in the liver. Not just that, all the cholesterol is taken back to the liver for recycling.

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So, as you can imagine, liver is to cholesterol is what a bus depot is to buses!

The liver is full of cholesterol so keep the consumption limited.

Number 3. Saturated Fats & Trans Fats

We have all heard it, Saturated Fats and Trans Fats are not good for our heart…that they contribute to clot formation and hardening of arteries, hence causing heart ailment!


Saturated Fats Sources: Fatty meats, chicken skin, lard, butter, cheese, dairy products

Sources of Trans Fats: partially hydrogenated oils in processed foods like cakes, pie crusts, biscuits, frozen pizza, cookies, crackers etc.

Consumption of both Saturated and Trans fats is associated with increase in levels of bad cholesterol (LDL, VLDL) and decrease in levels of good cholesterol (HDL)

“So limiting the intake of of Trans and Saturated Fats is the best strategy👍👍”

Number 4. Shellfish

It is a common knowledge is that Fish is lean meat and is good for the heart (which is true for the most part). But there are some sea creatures that are really high in cholesterol.


Calamari/Squid (100fm): 233 mg cholesterol

Shrimp (100gm): 161 mg cholesterol

Lobster (100gm): 146 mg cholesterol

Check out cholesterol contant of all seafood here for your own knowledge.

Number 5. Grapefruit

Well now now, you would say what! and I would say, “I know😕”. Grapefruit (if you don’t know) is a citrus fruit and is a very good source of Vit C. But if you are someone who has high levels of blood cholesterol and taking statins to manage it, there’s something that you should know-


Grapefruit and grapefruit juice interferes with the absorption and action of statins! So if you are taking statins, eating a grapefruit alongside the medication will decrease its efficacy and put you at risk

So here were my five that will put you at risk for having high blood cholesterols.

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Soniya Nikam, MS, RD.

Soniya Nikam, MS, RD.

She is a Registered Dietitian who does not believe in dieting; She has a Master's Degree in Nutrition but she is not your "I know it all Nutrition Guru!"; She loves food but loves talking about food even more. Her articles are a direct reflection of her personal quest where nutrition science meets real life! Oh, and she is owned by a 3 m.o. naughty kitten :)

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