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Does high cholesterol affect women differently than men?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

In the United States, a greater majority of women than men develops high cholesterol. However, men usually develop high cholesterol at the age of 45, which is earlier than women who usually develop high cholesterol around 55 years of age. Following menopause, women are more likely to increase their cholesterol levels.

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