High cholesterol not a killer: study

High cholesterol not a killer: study, by AAP.

A review of 19 studies involving 68,094 people, published in the BMJ Open journal, has found there is no association between what has traditionally been considered as “bad” cholesterol and the premature deaths of over 60-year-olds from cardiovascular disease. …

Describing the findings as “robust” and “thoroughly reviewed,” joint author Dr Malcolm Kendrick said: “These are the facts but they will be considered controversial”.

Dr Kendrick, an intermediate care GP with the Central East Cheshire Trust, said: “What we found in our detailed systematic review was that older people with high LDL levels – the so-called ‘bad’ cholesterol – lived longer and had less heart disease.”

hat-tip Matthew