Sunday, March 26, 2006

Cut cholesterol early for lifelong benefit

Research from UT Southwestern Medical Center indicates that lowering "bad" blood cholesterol earlier in life, even by a modest amount, confers substantial protection from coronary heart disease.

The new findings found that people with genetic variations affording them lower low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol in their blood from birth were significantly less likely to develop coronary heart disease later in life than those without the variations.

Based on 15 years of data tracking more than 12,000 multiethnic subjects ranging in age from 45 to 64, the researchers found that people who had cholesterol-lowering genetic variations that lowered their LDL level by about 40 milligrams per deciliter were eight times less likely to develop coronary heart disease than those without the mutations.

"These data indicate that a moderate, life-long reduction in LDL cholesterol is associated with substantial reduction in the incidence of coronary events, even in populations with a high prevalence of other cardiovascular risk factors.'

'This study demonstrates the great importance of high blood cholesterol in causing coronary heart disease."

A summary of the study, which is to be published in the New England Journal of Medicine dated March 23, called the findings “dramatic”.

"These new findings suggest the need to redouble our efforts to reduce LDL cholesterol levels in younger persons by promoting healthy diets and reducing obesity. Even small successes will probably be leveraged for later gains in lowering the risk of cardiovascular disease."

Another new study shows that by giving cholesterol-lowering agents within 48 hours of a stroke, you can cut mortality risk by 80%.

Don't just take a drug. Cut cholesterol naturally and get plenty of healthy phytochemicals to boot with the Portfolio diet.

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