American researchers have shown that healthy young adults still have an increased risk of premature death if their bad cholesterol (LDL-C) level is too high.
Researchers from the University of Texas and the Cooper Institute in the United States have been working on a major study to investigate the association between the researchers. LDL cholesterol, also known as "bad"cholesteroland the cholesterol (HDL-C), the "good"cholesteroland the risk of death consequences of cardiovascular disease in people with a low risk.
Scientists followed 36,375 young adults in relative good health, not suffering from diabetes or cardiovascular diseases that are on average 42 years old. They followed them for a period of 27 years to see if people who had a low risk of cardiovascular disease would have to lower their high cholesterol levels to prevent future heart problems.
Although previous research had already shown one possible association between LDL cholesterol and heart disease, they had focused on individuals with moderate or high risk cardiovascular disorders.
The results of this new study showed that even in low-risk people, LDL levels were still independently associated with an increased risk of collapse for cardiovascular disease.
Individuals with LDL values between 100 and 159 mg / dL increased risk from 30 to 40% of patients with cardiovascular disease, compared with patients with LDL values less than 100 mg / dL.
Individuals with LDL levels of 160 mg / dL or higher had a 70 to 90% increased risk of death from heart disease.
It should be noted, however, that this work does not take into accountother factors significant risks when these types of diseases occur.
"A high cholesterol level at a younger age means that the individual with age will have a greater burden of cardiovascular disease. This research emphasizes the must raise Americans of all ages with the risk of high cholesterol, and the ways of it limit throughout life"remarked Professor Robert Eckel, former president of the American Heart Association.
These findings appeared in the American Heart Association Circulation Journal.