Cholesterol Basics What Causes High Cholesterol? Share Pin Email More in Cholesterol Basics Medications Natural Treatments Diet and Meal Plans Types Getting Tested Related Conditions Exercise and Cholesterol Updated April 21, 2016 High cholesterol can be caused by many factors such as diet, family history, and exercise. Learn more about what the causes are and how to balance your health for a healthy cholesterol. Up Next Up Next Video What is the link between cholesterol and high blood pressure? Up Next Video What is a Statin? Up Next Video What is the "Bad cholesterol" ie: LDL? Up Next Video What is the Link between Cholesterol and Diabetes?