We all know we should have healthy hearts no matter what our age. That means maintaining balanced cholesterol, blood pressure and blood sugar levels. A new study suggests college student-aged people should take their heart health much more seriously than they may have before.
“We know these risk factors are important later in life but what is new is that they seem to be important for cognitive health even going from young to mid adulthood,” lead author Dr. Kristine Yaffe of the University of California, San Francisco, told Reuters Health in an email. “This is the first time anyone has shown this.”
A group of researchers conducted a 25-year study over a sample of 3,000 young people, initially ages 18 to 20. Their blood pressure, blood glucose and cholesterol levels were measured every two to five years after fasting. People with higher cholesterol scored lower on the learning and memory test.