Tuesday, August 10, 2010

High Cholesterol May Damage Arteries at as Early as 20

Source: Reuters Health (Summary by NIM)

For the most part, young people don't have to worry about their cholesterol levels. Unless there is a known problem or some family history, cholesterol in moderate amounts is not something to be feared. But according to researchers, damage done as early as the age of 20 can increase the risk of heart attack and stroke later in life.

A new study investigated the diets and cholesterol levels of young adults aged 18-30 for a 20 year time period. It was found that, even at an early age, high cholesterol had a lasting effect on their long term health, even if cholesterol levels later in life were normal. Essentially, the damage is life long.

The researchers went on to say that despite the findings, young people don't have to take medication or monitor their cholesterol levels like older people do - all they have to do is eat right and exercise regularly to keep their hearts healthy. It truly is so much easier to prevent disease and illness early in life when you have the chance, rather than working to undo existing damage later in life. Despite that, it's never too late to make a change for better health!

Read more at Reuters.com (Aug. 3, 2010) in the article called "High cholesterol dangerous in young adults, too".