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Young Adults Need Cholesterol Testing! Danger!
Young Adults & the Necessity of Cholesterol Testing...
A large study that followed thousands of young adults and their cholesterol levels has just been posted. The results are significant.
The study followed young adults between the ages of 18-30 for 20 years and found that those with LDL (bad) cholesterol (over 160 mg/dL) were almost six times more likely to have calcium build-up in their coronary arteries by age 45. This is dangerous!
Even in those who had moderate levels of LDL (100–129 mg/dL) were more than two times more likely to have coronary calcification by middle age.
This condition is known as Coronary Atherosclerosis.
NOTE: Atherosclerosis is caused by a build-up of plaque in the inner lining of an artery. It's also known as "hardening of the arteries" and may be caused by deposits of fatty substances, cholesterol, calcium, fibrin, etc.
What The Study Tells Us About Atherosclerosis & Age
The study was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine and its results mean one thing: Young adults MUST have their cholesterol levels checked, even when in their teens.
Researchers also found that young people with the lowest levels of LDL (below 70 mg/dL) were the least likely to have calcium deposit build-up in their arteries.
Madam Aphrodite™ Speaks...
If you're in your teens, or a young adult, who hasn't thought much about cholesterol, it might be a good time to take control of your health and get the simple blood test which will determine your cholesterol levels.
Calcium build-up in the arteries may not seem to effect your general health now, but trust me when I tell you, it will effect you later on. Coronary Atherosclerosis is nothing to fool with!
So what are you waiting for? Get your LDL levels checked and if they're higher than they should be, take the appropriate action to get them under control now. Your heart will love you for it!
CAUTION: The information included herein is for educational purposes only. It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.