The key to preventing future heart disease? Lowering your cholesterol at an early age.

The Deadliest Killer

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Heart disease is the number one killer of Americans:

  • More than 600,000 people in the U.S. die every year

According to research published in the medical journal The Lancet:

  • Changing diet and exercise habits early in life may lessen the risk of future heart problems
  • Talking to a doctor about taking statins may also help

The Study

  • Tracked nearly 400,000 people in 19 countries between ages 30-85
  • People under 45 years old are the most at risk for heart problems related to non-HDL cholesterol

According to the authors of the study:

  • If people under 45 years old cut non-HDL cholesterol levels in half, risk of future heart problems decrease significantly
  • Men reduced their risk from 29% to 6%
  • Women reduced their risk from 16% to 4%

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Other Ways

Besides cutting cholesterol levels in half, other ways to lower the risk of heart disease include:

  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Limiting alcohol intake
  • Avoiding tobacco
  • Controlling blood pressure