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High Cholesterol Linked To Increased Coronary Heart Disease Risk In Young People

September 7, 2010 by  

Cholesterol Linked To Increased Coronary Heart Disease Risk In Young People Young people with high cholesterol may be more likely to develop coronary heart disease, according to findings published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine.

During a 20-year study conducted at the University of California in San Francisco, more than 3,200 individuals aged 18 to 30 years had their cholesterol measured. The researchers also examined each participant’s coronary artery calcium, which is plaque that accumulates in the arteries, by using CT scans.

The team discovered that those who recorded unhealthy levels of bad cholesterol in their bodies also suffered from an increase in coronary calcium, which is a cause of coronary heart disease. The results of the study also showed that the longer a person suffered increased measurements of bad cholesterol, the more likely they were to be diagnosed with related cardiovascular problems.

“We don’t usually worry too much about heart disease risk until a person is in middle age because it’s rare to have a heart attack in young adulthood,” said Mark J. Pletcher, lead author of the trial. He added that “however, our evidence shows that young adulthood is an important time because lasting damage already starts to accumulate at this age.”

One of the most common heart problems, coronary heart disease was the cause of more 445,000 deaths in the United States during 2005, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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  • s c

    I’d like to know if the ‘scientists’ at the Annals of Internal Medicine included the lifestyle(s) of those younger people. America is cranking out kids who are about as active as a TV robot or a couch potato.
    Couple that with a third-rate diet (long on sugar, artificial sweeteners and whatever tastes ‘good’) and you get a nation full of walking time bombs. Did they forget to mention that people who chase a low-fat diet increase their odds of getting Alzheimer’s? You can’t win when America’s healthcare pros and FDA pimps stack the deck, folks.

  • Ellen

    What a bunch of horse crap. Where do these pseudo-scientists come from……..Mars? The cholesterol theory was debunked a long time ago and only the slimy drug cartels keep harping on it to keep the sheeple scared and consuming their horrendous poisons.

    Enjoy your poisons, folks.

  • http://gmail i41

    When Mom and Dad, let the kids sit on their butts and don’t have or cann’t do any work. That is what you will get fat, paper pushing, do nothings. No one to thank but the Congress, unions, the pusified education system, and the parents themselves. If the fat welfare gangbangers had to work for food and take care of their spawn, there would be more productive people and less bums. Neutor both parents when taxpayers have to foot the billing, of course socialist democrats would lose too many s–t birds of society.

  • carl t johnson

    Your right, ellen, cholesterol is a scam. It is calcification and imflammation you have to worry about.

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