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What are some risk factors for cardiovascular disease?

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High LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, high triglycerides, high blood pressure, and uncontrolled blood glucose levels all place you at risk for heart disease. Carrying extra weight around your waist also raises your risk of heart disease, and smoking doubles your risk of developing heart disease. The ACCORD study and others have raised questions about the belief that high blood glucose is the biggest risk factor.

 

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