Significant number of under 40s could unknowingly be at risk from high cholesterol

New study findings show 62% of adults under 40 in the UK have never had a cholesterol test

LONDON--()--Research released today from a study commissioned by DSM Nutritional Products, the maker of OatWell™, shows that 62% of people under 40 have never had a cholesterol test, with only one in ten saying they have asked their doctor to test them for high cholesterol.

Furthermore, almost 40% have never looked into whether there is a history of high cholesterol in their family, while almost 30% know there is a history but have never spoken to their GP about it.

According to the Global Health Observatory of the World Health Organization, ‘Raised total cholesterol is a major cause of disease burden in both the developed and developing world as a risk factor for heart disease and stroke.’ And according to UK cholesterol charity HEART UK, over 1.6 million men and over 1 million women are living with Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) in the UK today.

Commenting on the findings of the study Dr. Rob Winwood, Scientist at DSM, pointed out that, “Familial Hypercholesterolaemia or FH is a lesser known way of getting cholesterol and it is not caused by an unhealthy lifestyle, but is passed from generation to generation. Statistics show that at least 1 in 500 of the population have FH, and without treatment people with FH, can die prematurely of heart disease in their 20s, 30s, and 40s. However if detected early, raised cholesterol levels are manageable by making simple lifestyle changes.”

One in seven were not aware that eating foods high in saturated fats can contribute to high cholesterol, almost a third did not know that a sedentary lifestyle is a contributing factor, while more than 60% were not aware of the risks of high alcohol consumption when it comes to cholesterol levels.

The study by DSM Nutritional Products, the maker of OatWell™, also shows a lack of understanding from many under 40s as to what can lead to high cholesterol. Almost a quarter of those surveyed did not know it can lead to cardiovascular disease, heart attack or angina.

About OatWell™

OatWell™ is a 100% natural oat bran, containing high amounts of valuable oat beta-glucan, which is the soluble fibre found naturally within oats. More than 100 scientific studies have proven the positive effects of oat beta-glucan on cholesterol levels. These positive effects of oat beta-glucan were first discovered in the 1960s and have been continually researched since. Starting May 2014, available OatWell™ products on the UK market include: OatWell™ Original Powder, OatWell™ Cereal Bars and OatWell™ Instant Drink Mix. The products can be found at leading Boots stores nationwide and online here. OatWell™ is a registered trademark of DSM Nutritional Products Ltd. It is distributed in the UK by Inovate Health. For more information on OatWell™ products, please visit this link http://www.friendoatwell.co.uk/. Friend us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

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New study findings show 62% of adults under 40 in the UK have never had a cholesterol test. Over 1.6 million men and over 1 million women are living with Coronary Heart Disease (CHD) in the UK.

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