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1 in 2 Australians have high cholesterol


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burntchips

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Seems there has been a bit of a media blitz on cholesterol lately in Australia. I've been reading a few articles here and there and it seems to centre on some new research that has recently come out. Mainly that if everyone in Australia dropped their cholesterol levels by just 10%, 3000 less people would die / year, that 1 in 2 Australians have high cholesterol and that only 1 in 5 Australians are aware they have high cholesterol.

To help improve this issue, there are going to be free cholesterol tests conducted nation wide next week (7-12 April). For those of you living in Australia, like me, this site has all the details. For those of you not living in Australia, I would assume that those statistics would be relatively similar in other developed countries.

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I read somewhere that this was because Australians have been encouraged to use barrels and barrels of sunscreen. Unfortunately, while sunscreen does prevent skin cancer, it also stops sunlight from activating some biological process that changes cholesterol into folate and Vitamin D.

Just my (and the writer of the book) two cents.
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Well I never use sun screen so I guess I'm safe from high cholesterol, but am going to get skin cancer.

Catch-22
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