The study, published in "The Lancet", is the most comprehensive yet to look at the long-term health risks of having too much "bad" cholesterol for decades, the BBC reported. Researchers maintain that earlier the people take action to reduce cholesterol through diet changes and medication, the better.
cholesterol is a fatty substance - a lipid - found in some foods and also produced in our liver. It is needed to make hormones like oestrogen and testosterone, vitamin D and other compounds. Moreover there is a danger that people could rely on statins rather than leading a health lifestyle and although they were usually well tolerated, studies had not been done on the potential side-effects of taking them over decades.