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High Cholesterol Now May Put You at Risk for Heart Disease Later in Life

According to The New York Times’ Well blog, a study published in Circulation suggests that having high cholesterol throughout one’s 30’s and 40’s results in an increased risk for cardiovascular diseases later on, and the longer one has high cholesterol, the greater the risk. The study consisted of 1,478 people with an average age of 55 and whom were free of heart disease. The group was observed for 15 years, during which 155 subjects developed cardiovascular disease. Cardiovascular disease rates increased 4.4 percent for those who never had high cholesterol, 8.1 percent for those experiencing high cholesterol levels for up to 10 years, and 16.5 percent for those with elevated cholesterol levels for up to 20 years.

Read the post in The New York Times’ Well blog.

Read the study published in Circulation.