Lower your cholesterol early in life to prevent heart disease

Research presented to the American College of Cardiology’s 61st Annual Scientific Session has found that by the time most people begin treatment to lower their cholesterol, coronary heart disease has already been developing for many years.

Coronary atherosclerosis, a hardening and narrowing of the arteries due to a build-up of fat and cholesterol, begins early in life and the risk of further coronary heart disease can be lowered by treating the condition early. High levels of ‘bad’ cholesterol, known as low-density lipoprotein (LDL), increase the risk of heart disease and will normally be treated with a statin at a late stage, although the new evidence has found that diet and exercise early in life will be equally as effective at lowering LDL and reducing the risk of heart disease.

The benefit of lowering LDL levels early appears clear – coronary heart disease is the leading cause of death and disability worldwide and a great proportion of healthcare budgets the world over are spent in controlling this condition; by lowering cholesterol before symptoms begin this burden can be dramatically reduced.

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Disease leading to fatty deposits in the inner walls of the arteries, which reduce and may eventually obstruct blood flow. Full medical glossary
A substance present in many tissues and an important constituent of cell membranes although high concentrations of a certain type of cholesterol in the blood are unhealthy. Full medical glossary
Relating to the arteries supplying the heart itself. Full medical glossary
One of the three main food constituents (with carbohydrate and protein), and the main form in which energy is stored in the body. Full medical glossary
One of a group of compounds that consist of a protein combined with a lipid, and help to transport lipids in the blood and lymphatic system. Full medical glossary
Compounds that form the structure of muscles and other tissues in the body, as well as comprising enzymes and hormones. Full medical glossary
One of a class of drugs that inhibit cholesterol formation in the liver. Full medical glossary