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Too Young for High Cholesterol?

Shira Isenberg RD MPH

Young people tend to believe they’re immune to high cholesterol’s effects — but that’s a mistake. Here are the facts, plus pointers on how to make your “bad” cholesterol plummet and your “good” cholesterol soar.

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

When Elisheva’s husband,Yaakov, 31, developed a strange, persistent rash on his neck, he finally made a doctor’s appointment. He ended up seeing a newly graduated physician assistant who, in trying to cover every possible option, did a highly thorough blood workup onYaakov. “When he came home with the results, he said, ‘Oh, Hashem help me.’ His cholesterol was very high,” Elisheva shares. The rash went away on its own — Hashem’s kind way, Elisheva feels, of letting the couple know about the true health hurdle they needed to deal with. “Until this happened, we didn’t have any inkling about high cholesterol. We have no family history of it, no heart disease. It was a little bit of a shock. To me, cholesterol — it’s for old people.”Yaakov is just one of an estimated 71 million American adults with high cholesterol — a condition that doubles one’s risk of developing heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States. And a surprising number of young people may be at risk. 

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