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#BadCholesterol: What's Causing the Rise Among Young Adults?

In recent times, bad cholesterol, medically termed as LDL (Low-Density Lipoprotein), has become a widespread concern, particularly among the younger generation. Traditionally viewed as a problem for the elderly, the shift towards younger adults facing this issue is alarming. Cardiologists like Dr. Ajit Jain emphasize that poor lifestyle choices, unhealthy dietary habits, and lack of physical activity are the primary drivers behind this increase.

Dr. Jain explains that cholesterol is of two types: High-Density Lipoprotein (HDL), which is good, and LDL, which is bad. Ideally, a healthy body should maintain HDL levels above 50mg/dl and keep LDL below 100mg/dl. Exceeding these levels can lead to cholesterol buildup in the arteries, impairing heart function and increasing the risk of heart attacks.

Symptoms of high cholesterol often go unnoticed until it's too late, making regular health checks crucial. By adopting healthier lifestyles, such as reducing intake of junk food and sweets, engaging in regular exercise, ensuring adequate sleep, and avoiding smoking and alcohol, individuals can manage and potentially lower their bad cholesterol levels.