Watch lipids from an early age, major study suggests

Elevated non-HDL cholesterol in the young confers high cardiovascular risk, researchers show

Elevated non-HDL cholesterol levels in people younger than 45 are strongly associated with long-term atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, according to findings from a large international study.

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The analysis, claimed to be the most comprehensive to date, suggests that lipid-lowering earlier in life is important, as the risk of future cardiovascular events is more pronounced in younger people compared with middle-aged or elderly people.

Investigators from the Multinational Cardiovascular Risk Consortium analysed data from nearly 400,000