High cholesterol after Christmas
A new study ‘The Christmas holidays are followed immediately by a period of hypercholesterolemia’ published in the journal Atherosclerosis concludes that rich Christmas food can boost cholesterol levels by up to 20%. The study of 25,000 Danes by researchers at Copenhagen University Hospital and the University of Copenhagen found that 9 in 10 of the people participating in the study had elevated cholesterol levels after Christmas.
Lead author Dr Anne Langsted, M.D said, “Our study shows strong indications that cholesterol levels are influenced by the fatty food we consume when celebrating Christmas. The fact that so many people have high cholesterol readings straight after the Christmas holiday is very surprising.”