Prez Cholesterol Levels a Lesson for Others

Your cholesterol going up? Sure, you and the president. President Obama's latest physical shows his LDL cholesterol--the bad stuff--has gone up by fifty percent in the last two years. Weird for a skinny guy. Or is it?




Linda Larson's a wellness specialist at Gundersen Lutheran in La Crosse.  She says it's not correct to assume that just overweight people have elevated cholesterol.   She says that's a condition that can afflict even people of seemingly normal weight like the president.   Bad diet, genetics and a lack of exercise can play a part in levels of cholesterol.   Another big one--and one that's a problem for president Obama, apparently; smoking.   Larson guesses the president's smoking probably contributes to his increasing cholesterol.

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