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When getting together with family and friends over the holidays, one of the most anticipated events of the day is the holiday dinner. A recent study out of the University of Copenhagen and the Copenhagen University Hospital says that the rich food and drinks, like glazed hams, prime rib, and wine, enjoyed during the holiday season can cause spikes in cholesterol levels by up to 20 percent over normal levels.

The study was conducted on 25,000 people and showed that the risk of test results showing high cholesterol (hypercholesterolemia) is six times higher in December and January than during the summer months of May and June, with 9 out of 10 participants having high cholesterol levels after Christmas.

This increased risk is significant because tests in December and January are skewed, and those already concerned about high cholesterol may want to pay closer attention to what they’re eating in the winter months.

Click here to read more on the study published in the Atherosclerosis Journal.

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