Cleveland, OH -- (SBWIRE) -- 10/07/2013 -- Data from American Heart Association revealed an increasing number of younger people are being diagnosed with chronic heart disease. Aside from unhealthy lifestyles, medical experts also underscored the role of genetics in the early development of heart problems among teens.
Familial hypercholesterolaemia or inherited high cholesterol makes a person, even at a very young age, more susceptible to developing heart diseases. This only proves that genetics have an impact on the cholesterol levels. A child may therefore be preconditioned to have above normal levels of bad cholesterol.
"A lot of people have already come to us and asked: do my genetics have an impact on my cholesterol, and this only made us realize that more information still needs to be generated about this topic in order to encourage proactive actions regarding high cholesterol," said Steve Lithgow of My Bad Cholesterol.
Lithgow also said that early detection of Familial hypercholesterolaemia is crucial in preventing the condition from fully developing into a heart disease. Prevention of high cholesterol caused by genes is now possible with the availability of statins, a prescription drug known to inhibit production of bad cholesterol in the liver.
"If you know anyone in the family who has high cholesterol, regardless of their age, it is best to also have yourself checked, too," Lithgow said, adding that constant medical consultations are necessary given that high cholesterol is an asymptomatic condition.
Cholesterol issues that were inherited may require a more aggressive treatment approach if natural treatments don't work. Prevention of cardio vascular diseases also needs to be ensured along to get cholesterol levels back to normal. If an individual decides to start taking medication, it needs to be consistent as the cholesterol levels may easily shoot up. Which is one of the very reasons people avoid this medication where they can, its easy for the body to become reliant on them.
Fortunately, high cholesterol caused by genes remains rare among Americans, with only 5% of the entire population affected. Majority of the high cholesterol cases both among teens and adults are acquired through bad habits, including vices and unhealthy diet. However, people who have Familial hypercholesterolaemia are more vulnerable to having cardiac arrest.
"Knowing how genetics impact your cholesterol should not be something to be afraid of. Instead, this should be a motivation to commit to a healthier lifestyle ," Lithgow said.
MyBadCholesterol.Com tackles more ways to either reduce or regulate cholesterol levels in the most practical ways possible. It also shares inspiring stories of people who have succesfully managed thier cholesterol problems.
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