A study* of folks with naturally low cholesterol compared with people who brought down their cholesterol years later showed that the lifelong lower cholesterol translates to a 3-fold greater risk reduction then for those who wait. Since we know that we can predict atherosclerosis progression by examining metrics in children at age 9, this should come as no surprise.
Actively managing your health, with lifestyle, diet and exercise will yield massive benefits over your lifetime. That goes for simple things, like taking the stairs, choosing to eat vegetables more than red meat and actually spending time doing things you love! Remember that STRESS has nearly as strong an effect on your cardiovascular health as your cholesterol, and that doesn’t even address the other diseases stress contributes to.
Don’t sit at your desk all day, don’t eat at your desk if you can at all avoid it, and take time for yourself, even if it’s just two minutes of quiet breathing at your desk. All of these with help you start the process of making your life more of what you want it to be.
*Ference B, et al “A Mendelian randomized controlled trial of long-term reduction in low-density lipoprotein cholesterol beginning early in life” ACC 2012; Abstract 306-8.
atherosclerosis, cardiovascular, cholesterol, diet, exercise, stress
Bruce L. Feldman, MD
Dr Bruce is an advocate for health. You need to be your own health advocate. His blog offers his opinions and insights on numerous topics he believes might be of interest. Hope you agree!