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No Way! Young Adults at Risk for Atherosclerosis (Clogged Arteries)?!

Joelle Reizes - October 26, 2011



This post reminds us that good artery health is not only necessary for the more mature to stay on top of but it is also important for the young. Share this post with the ones you love today…

Ever tell a seemingly fit, young person that they should go ahead and enjoy eating whatever they want while they’re still young?  Are you a young adult who can’t wait to live it up at college by eating fast food on the run and drinking it up with your friends every weekend?

Think again!

Researchers at the University of Quebec worked with 168 volunteers aged 18-35 who had no known risk factors for atherosclerosis. Such risk factors include:

  • Family history of heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking
  • High blood cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Obesity

The study, presented at the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress, found that 48% of these volunteers had the symptoms of atherosclerosis, including:

  • Greater waist circumference
  • Greater visceral fat covering the internal organs within the chest and abdomen
  • Signs of blood vessel thickening

Again, this is despite the fact that these volunteers did not meet the clinical definition of obesity, which is determined by weight and body mass index.

The meaning of this study is that for this segment of young adult volunteers, the chance of having a heart attack and stroke in the future is a strong possibility, and age could still play a factor for the rest of these volunteers. We must face the facts: Too many people die from heart attack and stroke, and the risks can start at a young age!

So is there good news? Absolutely!

Not only does atherosclerosis take time to build up, it can be reversed. As such, it is obviously never too late to begin reducing your risk for heart disease and stroke by staying proactive about your health.

young adults should exercise to prevent atherosclerosisTo start, do the following:

  • Get proper nutrition
  • Exercise to maintain a healthy weight
  • Limit alcohol consumption
  • Control blood pressure
  • Maintain good cholesterol levels

Young or mature, making these lifestyle changes today and sticking to them can help reverse atherosclerosis.

For a little nudge in the healthy direction, why not sign up for the FREE Life Line Screening health E-Newsletter today so you can get healthy living tips every month.

For those who are 40 and over, make sure to get your heart disease and stroke screenings in order for you and your doctor to have a marker for your overall cardiovascular health.

Live healthy no matter what your age!

Information in this post was taken from the following article resources from MailOnline.com (a UK publication) and Today.com:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2053090/The-new-health-ticking-timebomb-Young-adults-picture-health-risk-clogged-arteries.html

http://today.msnbc.msn.com/id/45021964/

Photo courtesy of photostock / FreeDigitalPhotos.net




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  1. Ray W. - July 17, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    Hey, thank you for your post about atherosclerosis. This is great topic to raise awareness about. Currently as a Biology major in college I study about various types of diseases common to the human body. Even though numerous textbooks I have read mentions the major cardiovascular diseases that ultimately leads to the death, atherosclerosis appears to be barely mentioned. In my opinion, atherosclerosis should not be ignored . Atherosclerosis is probably the leading cause for the body becoming prone to more lethal cardiovascular diseases such as heart attacks and strokes.
    As you have pointed out, atherosclerosis is not a bias disease that only affects unhealthy or obese individuals. Any individual from all ages can develop atherosclerosis. From the study you mentioned, that alarming ratio that nearly half of the individuals in the research group have symptoms of atherosclerosis should be convincing enough to bring awareness to atherosclerosis.
    Young people from all ages, including children should be taught about atherosclerosis. Although I understand that the topic of atherosclerosis can be quite extensive if we attempt to explain, simply raising awareness about atherosclerosis prevention will be much simpler than having to treat it in the future. A healthy diet complimented with regular exercise can greatly reduce the risks of cardiovascular diseases and the development of atherosclerosis.


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I am the Communications Director at Life Line Screening with more than 15 years of experience in the field of health communications, much of it specifically working with health screening programs. Read More.

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