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?
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
- High blood cholesterol
- High blood pressure
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.
- 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:
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