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Cholesterol

03 August 2010

Cholesterol in youth boosts heart risk

Young adults whose cholesterol levels are even slightly higher than normal are at greater risk of developing heart disease, a new study suggests.

Young adults whose cholesterol levels are even slightly higher than normal are at greater risk of developing artery-clogging calcium deposits later in life, which can trigger hardening of the arteries leading to heart disease, a new study suggests.

Pletcher recommends diet and exercise as a way to control cholesterol, because the use of cholesterol-lowering drugs such as statins in young adults is controversial. People should start having their cholesterol checked when they are in their 20s, he said, and they should start a healthy diet and exercise program at the same time.

 

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