from Journal of the American College of Cardiology
When a member of my family showed high cholesterol as a teen, his health care provider said it wasn’t something to worry about until later in life. A new study in the journal of the American College of Cardiology suggests it is something to worry about. The landmark study from the University of Maryland School of Medicine concludes having elevated cholesterol during teens or early twenties increases a person’s risk of having a heart attack, stroke or other cardiovascular event during middle age. Authors say damage to arteries done by high levels of LDL, the bad kind of cholesterol, early in life may be irreversible and appears to be cumulative, making the case for lifestyle changes and medication to reduce high levels of LDL in young adults.