Can I get life insurance with high cholesterol?

6 min Read Published: 02 Oct 2023

can i get life insurance with high cholesterolThe short answer is yes, however a life insurance company will want to know a little bit more about your condition, so be prepared to answer some additional questions. If you are thinking of applying for life insurance and suffer from or have previously suffered from high cholesterol levels, make sure you read this article in full before you make an application as it can save you both time and money.

In this article, we tell you everything you need to know about buying life insurance with high cholesterol, including the questions the insurance companies will ask you about your raised cholesterol, which insurance companies are likely to offer the best cover and also the cheapest way to apply for life insurance if you are or have previously suffered from high cholesterol.

If you already know your stuff and simply want to know the cheapest way to buy life cover, jump to 'Which is the best life insurance company if I have high cholesterol?'.

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What questions will a life insurance company ask about my high cholesterol

A life insurance company will often ask the following questions relating to raised cholesterol:

  • When were you first diagnosed with high cholesterol?
  • What are your latest readings?
  • Are there any other associated risk factors? Insurance companies will ask you whether you have suffered from other conditions such as high blood pressure, angina or other medical conditions connected to your overall cardiac health.
  • Are you on (or have you been on) any medication? If so, what medication were you taking and for how long?

A cholesterol reading of 6 or under would normally be accepted at standard rates by most insurers (no increase to your originally quoted premium), so long as it is well controlled and there are no additional factors, explained below. If your cholesterol readings are 6 or under and it is well managed, you should go with the company that provides the cheapest quote. Check out our article 'Types of life insurance explained' which explains how to guarantee the cheapest life insurance quotes, including how to get up to £100 cashback.

High Cholesterol - Additional factors that may cause an increase in your life insurance premiums

Below we have listed the factors relating to high cholesterol life insurance that may contribute to an increase being applied to your life insurance premium.

  • 2 or more different types of medication
  • Increases or changes in the medication you take
  • A cholesterol reading of higher than 6
  • A high height/weight ratio - an insurance company uses Body Mass Index (BMI) to measure your height/weight ratio and a score of under 30 is generally considered to be acceptable.
  • Family history of raised cholesterol

If you suffer from high cholesterol and are applying (or thinking of applying) for life insurance, make sure you have a recent reading (within the last 12 months) so that your application can be assessed without the need for additional medical evidence.

How does high cholesterol impact life insurance premiums?

There are four possible outcomes and they are as follows:

  • You will be accepted with no increase applied to your premiums
  • You will be accepted with an increase applied to your premiums
  • You will be postponed
  • You will be declined

We have given four examples in our table below which could lead to each of the possible outcomes:

High cholesterol life insurance outcome based on a 35-year-old non-smoker applying for £250,000 level term assurance

Diagnosis date Medication Associated health risks? Most recent cholesterol reading Last checked Cholesterol under review? Decision Premium
2 years ago None None 5.5 Within last 3 months No longer under consultation No Increase applied £12.31
2 years ago Yes None 7.5 Within last 3 months Every 6 months Increase applied £18.47
3 years ago Yes None 7.5 Within last 3 months Awaiting investigations Postpone N/A
3 years ago Yes Angina 8.5 Over 12 months ago Awaiting investigations Postpone/Decline N/A

Will a life insurance company speak to my doctor about my high cholesterol?

It is possible that a life insurance company will write to your GP, however it is not always the case. It would likely depend on the amount of information you can provide about your condition. If you are able to give clear information such as dates and types of medication then a life insurance company can often make a decision purely from the information you provide.

Can I get life insurance if I take medication for high cholesterol?

Yes, as our table above shows, you can get life insurance if you take medication for raised cholesterol. The underwriting process can vary depending on which insurer you apply through and so we would always recommend that you speak to an independent specialist. Our section 'Which is the best life insurance company if I have high cholesterol?' explains more

Familial Hypercholesterolemia is a genetic disorder where high cholesterol can run in the family - some insurance companies will look at it quite unfavourably, increasing premiums even if your cholesterol is well controlled. LV= however will not increase the premiums if your latest readings are normal and they will accept your application without the need to write to your doctor.

Can I get life insurance if I have previously been declined for high cholesterol?

Yes. Just because you have been declined for high cholesterol by one insurer, it does not mean to say that another insurer would do the same. Life insurance is a competitive market and as each insurer has its own set underwriting criteria, it is likely that you will be accepted elsewhere. The key is knowing which insurer is best based on your own personal circumstances, something an independent specialist can do on your behalf. We have personally vetted the services of an independent broker that specialises in arranging life insurance for people who have suffered conditions such as high cholesterol. The next section explains more about applying for life insurance using an independent specialist.

Which is the best life insurance company if I have high cholesterol?

Every life insurance company has a slightly different underwriting criteria and so not every insurer will treat you the same. I have worked in the life insurance industry for over 20 years and have seen many examples where a person has been declined insurance with one insurer but has been offered cover elsewhere. The key is to understand which insurer is the best fit for your own personal circumstances and the best way to find that out is to speak to a life insurance specialist* who, having asked the right questions, will have the experience and knowledge to put you in touch with the best life insurance company based on your answers. As a Money to the Masses reader, you can get up to £100 cashback if you buy your life insurance this way.

Comparison sites and online calculators are not sophisticated enough to understand the complexity of medical conditions such as high cholesterol. They do not go into the level of detail that is required to get an accurate quote and may result in you applying through an insurer that will significantly increase your premiums or even worse, decline your application. We have personally vetted the services of one of the UK's leading insurance brokers*, which specialises in finding the most suitable cover for those with medical conditions such as high cholesterol. An independent specialist will even be able to help with the application process as they can chase the insurer on your behalf, speak to the doctor's surgery to chase up medical evidence (if necessary) and even help to put your policy into trust.

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Can I get critical illness insurance if I have high cholesterol?

The simple answer is yes, but it will likely depend on a number of factors such as the severity of your condition, whether you take any medication and if you have any family history of high cholesterol. We would recommend that you speak to a personal insurance specialist* who can use their extensive knowledge to ask the right questions and approach the most suitable insurance company based on the answers you give.

Can I get income protection if I have high cholesterol?

Yes, a person with high or raised cholesterol is likely to get income protection depending on recent cholesterol readings and other associated medical conditions they may have. Income protection insurance pays out if you are unable to do your normal job and can replace up to 60% of your gross income. The likelihood of being unable to work due to raised cholesterol will depend on your occupation but for most, high cholesterol by itself is unlikely to cause a person to be unfit to work making income protection relatively straightforward to buy. However, like life insurance and critical illness cover, there will be some insurance companies that offer better outcomes based on your health so you should still speak with a personal insurance specialist* to find the best life insurance rates for the best income protection insurance policy.


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