*Cholesterol affects four in 10 UK adults , but despite this, both awareness and knowledge of cholesterol is low – even many athletic and health conscious people, like Colin Jackson, mistakenly believe they aren’t at risk.
With no visible symptoms, it’s no wonder the topic is not getting the urgent attention it deserves. Despite being renowned for his exemplary athletic career , Colin Jackson has revealed how he struggled for years with high cholesterol, having first discovered high levels of cholesterol levels at the age of 37
**High cholesterol really can affect anyone. Any time. Male or female. Young or old. Fighting fit or just fairly active. It can even be passed down through families in the genes – which can lead to undetected heart disease at a very young age.
He also discovered family links to high cholesterol “I was surprised to learn of a history of high cholesterol in my family – my uncle has high cholesterol and my dad passed away from heart failure, which may have been linked to high cholesterol – which was one of the reasons I decided to get checked in the first place”
*2019 Health Survey for England data