Experts urge cholesterol checks in 30s

US researchers who examined data from nearly 1500 participants in the offspring cohort of the Framingham Heart Study have found that for every decade a person has elevated cholesterol, defined as non-HDL cholesterol ≥ 4.1mmol/L, between age 35–55, future risk of heart disease is increased by 39%.

Professor Richard O’Brien, director of lipid services at Austin Hospital, Melbourne, and clinical dean of Medicine at the University of Melbourne, said the study supported the argument that younger adults need to have cholesterol checked and controlled.