Is High Cholesterol Bad for You?

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According to a newly released study yes it is. Read below to learn more.

New research has revealed that cholesterol levels which are above the normal limit but not high enough to warrant medical treatment may, in fact, be dangerous, exposing adults to a greater risk of developing cardiovascular disease.

The study observed the habits of more than 36,000 people on a period of approximately 28 years. It was discovered that people with high levels of LDL (low-density lipoprotein, commonly known as ‘’bad’’ cholesterol) were more prone to dies from heart strokes and attacks in comparison to people that had lower LDL levels.

The main focus of the study were people with a low risk of cardiovascular disease based on age, with most participants being under the age of 50, while also accounting for other risk factors such as diabetes, tobacco use and blood pressure.

As a young person you may think that you do not have to worry about cholesterol. After all, you are healthy and in your prime. But you should, in fact, pay attention to it.

The researchers split the participants into three groups: with low, moderate to high and high levels of LDL. The members of the middle group were revealed to have a risk of death over 30% higher in comparison to those with the lowest LDL levels. Participants with the highest level of cholesterol presented the highest risk but that was expected.

Researchers also discovered that participants with the highest level of total cholesterol, the sum of ‘’good’’ and ‘’bad’’ cholesterol also presented a higher risk of death.

The study does have some limitations as it was observational and the researchers were not able to keep a strict control over all the variables that could have influenced the results.  All of the participants were interested in their health, well-educated and not very diverse according to one of the researchers, a fact that may have also influenced the results. It is, however, hard to determine if the test would have been more accurate if a more varied group would have been used.  Also important is the fact that many of the researchers participating in the study collaborate with medical and pharmaceutical companies which also sell medication that lowers the cholesterol levels.

What can you do to improve your health?

The results of the study are interesting but the authors and other experts consider that there is no need for healthy people to ask for statins prescriptions. Statins are a class of medicine that reduces the level of LDL, but they also have some severe side-effects although most are short.

One of the researchers, Michael Hochman, M.D. , considers that young people should not ask for statins, as no long-term studies of the efficiency of statins for young people is available.  It cannot be stated if participants in the study would have lived if they took drugs that reduced the level of the cholesterol.

Here are some great advices to get you started:

  1. Eat healthily

The first step for a better life is a healthy diet. You should focus on whole grains, unsaturated fats, a variety of vegetables and fruits and lean sources of protein.

  1. Aim for a healthy weight

Excessive weight may also be contributed to high cholesterol. The National Institute of Health advises people to reduce their extra weight, even more so if their body mass index is above 25.

  1. Exercise

If you don’t use to do an intensive physical activity, you should do a little work. Even a 30 minutes daily walk can significantly boost your body and reduce cholesterol levels.

  1. Drop what is bad for you

Yes smoking is enjoyable but also incredibly bad for your body as a whole including your heart. Smoking is a culprit for high LDL levels so you should quit, and help is available.

  1. Go to your doctor visits and listen to its advice

Feel free to ask for advice and help, plan a healthy schedule and more.  They can help prevent the problems, not only treat them.

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Laura grew up in a small town in northern Quebec. She studied chemistry in college, graduated, and married her husband one month later. They were then blessed with two baby boys within the first four years of marriage. Having babies gave their family a desire to return to the old paths – to nourish their family with traditional, homegrown foods; rid their home of toxic chemicals and petroleum products; and give their boys a chance to know a simple, sustainable way of life. They are currently building a homestead from scratch on two little acres in central Texas. There’s a lot to be done to become somewhat self-sufficient, but they are debt-free and get to spend their days living this simple, good life together with their five young children. Laura is an advocate for people with disabilities.


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