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The Youthful Heart?

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Do you think you are too young to be concerned about your heart and what you eat? Think again! The recent results of a 20 year study involving young people between 18 and 30 years old found that the cumulative effect of even modestly abnormal cholesterol levels in your blood increases your risk of developing signs of heart disease by age 45. LDL is the bad cholesterol. The study found that the higher the level of LDL over a 20-year period, the greater the chance that calcium begins to accumulate in the coronary arteries. This study confirms that atherosclerosis, the buildup of fatty deposits in the arteries that leads to heart attacks and strokes, begins as early as childhood. Prevention strategies need to start early in life with a lifestyle of healthy nutrition and exercise.