Sunday, September 07, 2008

You can change your wicked ways...

but at the heart of your matter, your poor choices live on.

The Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) study followed twenty years of health outcomes in over 3500 young adults. The researchers studied modifiable risk factors such as cigarette use, prehypertension (BP's 120-139/80-89), LDL-cholesterol, and fasting blood sugars.

Many of the subjects with less than sterling health habits didn't smoke that much nor did they have huge elevations in the other parameters studied. Many of them turned their acts around and improved their lifestyle choices over the course of the trial. Despite improvements made, their early adult profiles were more predictive of the presence of coronary artery calcification (CAC) after age 35 than their most current situation. CAC has been shown to correlate with the presence of atherosclerotic changes in coronary arteries.


Anonymous said...

I think I would rather live in blissful ignorance, so sayeth this former smoker, junk food addict!!

Mauigirl said...

So...should I just not bother to try to live a healthier lifestyle? ;-) It would be a load off my mind if so!