Why Your Cholesterol Matters In Your 20s and 30s
- Cholesterol (via tellumo)
Every year I get my physical and the doctor says "your cholesterol is borderline high," and I say, "I'll work on that," and then I go away for the next 11 months and don't really change much. I figure I'm young, my cholesterol is only borderline high, I'm healthy otherwise, so what's the big deal? If you're in my camp, listen up. A new study published yesterday says the big deal is, uh, death. Researchers at UCSF followed more than 3,000 men and women aged 18 to 30 for two decades and found that those with even "modestly elevated cholesterol levels" during their younger years were significantly more likely to develop atherosclerosis later in life. Reminder: Atherosclerosis and heart attacks are best friends. Most doctors have been sort of on my side till now, as in, it'd be great if I lowered my cholesterol, but they're not freaking out about it. Expect that to change. As one of the study's authors puts it, explaining that we need to start intervening earlier: "Our evidence shows that young adulthood is an important time because lasting damage already starts to accumulate at this age." Fish and fiber, here I come.