An article has just appeared in the journal Atherosclerosis that directly investigated the effects of our end-of-year festivities on cholesterol levels.
And the results were shocking.
Worst of all, this is not just about the holidays. Instead, you need to be aware of this information all year around.
Researchers from Copenhagen University Hospital and the University of Copenhagen identified 25,764 people from the Copenhagen General Population Study and compared their total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol scores, which were taken at various points throughout the year.
In January, their subject’s cholesterol was 20 percent higher than it was during June and July, and their risk of having high cholesterol was found to be six times greater at that point than the rest of the year.
Unbelievably, at the beginning of January, 77 percent of the subjects had high LDL cholesterol and 89 percent of them had high total cholesterol.
This obviously meant that people are a spectacular amount of unhealthy foods during the holidays. And that these foods will directly and immediately spike your cholesterol level.
So, if your cholesterol level is already high, take particular care not to rocket it into a lethal level during the festive holidays.
You should also avoid having your cholesterol measured in January, as this may cause a false alarm as compared to taking it at any point during the rest of the year.
But there is some good news: