Higher Cholesterol at a Young Age Can Lead to Health Issues at an Older Age

Higher Cholesterol at a Young Age Can Lead to Health Issues at an Older Age

It’s long been established that high levels of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) — colloquially known as “bad” cholesterol — can lead to serious cardiovascular problems in older individuals.

But 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 observational study was published earlier this month in the medical journal Circulation.

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.

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