I started this right before I turned 32 this year! What is it about the 30's that scare us into treating our bodies with some respect? I don't know anything about cholesterol numbers, but the bp doesn't seem that bad. All I know is that if you stick with it you will feel better!! It's working for me Don't get frustrated when the weight doesn't fly off like it does on Biggest Loser (that is not maintainable!) Slow and steady wins the race!