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Cholesterol Levels Of Young Adults Predict Future Heart Problems

August 3, 2010: 09:02 PM EST
A 20-year study by U.S. researchers has found that young adults with even modestly elevated cholesterol levels are more likely to develop coronary artery calcium and atherosclerosis later in life. Cholesterol levels found in the majority of young adults are associated with damage to coronary arteries, which accumulates over time and persists into middle age. The study followed 3,258 men and women aged 18 to 30, finding that individuals exposed to higher levels of LDL ("bad") cholesterol or lower levels of HDL ("good") cholesterol were more likely to develop coronary calcium. Even modest rises in LDL – as low as 100 -129 mg/dL – were associated with a significantly higher risk of atherosclerosis. The findings suggest a stronger emphasis on early lifestyle intervention, one researcher said.
RON WINSLOW, "Not So Young at Heart?", The Wall Street Journal, August 03, 2010, © Dow Jones & Company, Inc
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