Youth encouraged to lower cholesterol

March 29, 2006 in Nutrition for Children and Teenagers, Nutrition Topics in the News

Youth encouraged to lower cholesterol

Researchers from the University of Texas are encouraging young people to lower their intake of saturated fat and cholesterol after study findings suggest that a moderate, life-long reduction in LDL cholesterol is associated with a substantial reduction in the risk of coronary heart disease (CHD).

A variety of studies, experimental, genetic and epidemiological, have all linked levels of low-density lipoproteins (LDL) cholesterol to an increased risk of CHD and cardiovascular disease.

This most recent study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, followed more than 12,000 volunteers. During a follow up period if 15 years, researchers found that lower levels of LDL cholesterol would greatly reduce the risk of CHD, if sustained over a lifetime.

These latest findings support measures to promote healthy eating and reduce obesity among young adults for heart health later in life.

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