Rich foods typically enjoyed during the holiday season can cause cholesterol levels to spike up to 20 percent higher than normal right after Christmas, say researchers at Copenhagen University Hospital and the University of Copenhagen.
Their study, which involved 25,000 people, showed that the risk that test results will show high cholesterol (also called hypercholesterolemia) is six times higher after the holidays than during the summer. According to the researchers, 9 out of 10 people in the Copenhagen General Population Study had high cholesterol levels after Christmas.
This increased risk is important for physicians, who may want to test patients’ cholesterol levels again later in the year if they are found to be high after the holidays, and for people with high cholesterol, who may want to pay even closer attention to their levels in winter months.
Sourced from: Atherosclerosis