A sedentary lifestyle and unhealthy dietary choices in this day and age have propelled various lifestyle disorders. Non-communicable disorders (NCD) like diabetes, bad cholesterol, obesity is on the rise. They all are interlinked and have a cause and effect relation. Such disorders were a rare occurrence just half a century before. Heart diseases are significant contributors to death caused by NCDs in the USA. Bad cholesterol accounts for one-third of them. Cholesterol is produced in the liver and also found in foods. It is a lipid (fatty substance). Not all kind of cholesterol is bad. High-density Lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol is good as it maintains body health. Low-density Lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol is bad as it blocks the arteries.
The Lancet published a study of 40,000 people from 19 countries. It found links between bad cholesterol levels and their level of risks attributed to the age of occurrence. The study said high bad cholesterol levels detected under the age of 45 are a higher risk than by the age of 60 or above. It has been found that if the treatment starts before the age of 45, the probability of having a heart attack reduces. So researchers have suggested people for checking their cholesterol levels from the age of as early as 25. It gives a chance to improve the levels before 45. Medication, such as statins, is majorly used to lower cholesterol levels. But it is not advisable to start it from an early age. Studies are ongoing to analyze its effects of taking over a longer duration. Natural ways such as a change in lifestyle and habit of consuming a healthy diet are better ways to control cholesterol.
Cholesterol is required to produce hormones in our body like estrogen and testosterone. We also need it to produce vitamin D and other compounds. It is wise to have a balance of cholesterol intake from food. Logical choice of food with good cholesterol, regular exercise, and routine check-ups from the age of 25 is the way ahead to have a healthy life. It is better for people, especially the earlier ones, to start leading a healthy lifestyle.