Health Desk--2 Sep’18: A new study suggests that young people with elevated LDL-C levels, even if they’re otherwise healthy, should take notice.
That’s because what may seem like a minor health issue when you’re young can lead to big problems later in life.
The study set out to determine whether or not people considered to be at low risk for developing cardiovascular disease and coronary heart disease could see some benefit from lowering their cholesterol levels before they lead to complications.
The health progression of more than 36,000 participants, aged 42 on average, was examined over a period of 27 years.
Participants who were considered low risk for cardiovascular issues but had high LDL-C levels had a 30- to 40-percent greater chance of dying prematurely due to heart health problems.
The lead study author told Healthline that the findings underline the importance of lifestyle changes, while a cardiologist interviewed by Healthline said it’s a teachable moment for patients and physicians alike.
The observational study was published earlier this month in the medical journal Circulation.