High cholesterol is a growing problem, why young adults are the most at risk

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MILWAUKEE -- High cholesterol is a growing concern for many Americans. Doctor Bobby Wu joins FOX6 WakeUp with some tips to be healthy.

Most of the time, high cholesterol in young adults occurs for the same reasons it does in older people.
• Genetics
• Obesity
• Lack of physical exercise
• A diet that includes too much saturated fat, sugar and junk foods>

What are the risks of having high cholesterol?
• Atherosclerosis
• Coronary heart disease
• Heart attack
• Angina
• Stroke and mini-stroke

Healthy Cholesterol Target:
• Total cholesterol <200
• Triglycerides <150
• LDL <130
• HDL >50

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