A new study has revealed that having high cholesterol levels in the middle age may lead to heart diseases in later life. The researchers have highlighted the importance of proper diet in the middle age, as it greatly impacts a person’s health in future. High level of cholesterol in blood can result in the formation of dangerous clots which leads to stroke and heart attack. Researchers from the Duke Clinical Research Institute carried out the study and concluded that healthy adults between the ages of 35 and 55 having even slightly high cholesterol levels may have risks of developing heart problems. With every decade, high cholesterol level increases the chances of heart disease by 39 percent.
The new study has been published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation. Researchers have also pointed out that having high cholesterol for several years, even if it starts at a young age, poses the risk of heart disease. According to the lead study author Ann Marie Navar-Boggan, from Duke University in the US “the number of years with elevated cholesterol, or ‘lipid years,’ can affect you in a similar way to the number of ‘pack years’ you have had as a smoker.” The study shows that whatever we do with our blood vessels in 20s, 30s and 40s makes the foundation for diseases that will appear in later life. She added “If we wait until our 50s or 60s to think about cardiovascular disease prevention, the cat’s already out of the bag.”
The study was partially funded by the U.S. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Data of 1,478 adults from the Framingham Heart Study was analyzed by the researchers. The participants did not have any heart disease till the age of 55. The researchers also determined the length of time having increased cholesterol consumption. It was found that high cholesterol consumption in the middle age had an impact on the heart health in the later ages. As per the study, the cholesterol control must be started by healthy adults between the ages of 35 and 55. Early diagnosis leads to early treatments which help in leading a healthy life.