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High Cholesterol Absolved of Crimes? June 13, 2016

Posted by geoff in News.

I’ve written a couple of posts before about how all the medical/nutrition nags in the government and universities keep seeking to modify/regulate our eating, but repeatedly have the rug pulled out from under their “consensus science.” Recently we’ve heard that the government’s push for low-salt diets and low fat/high carb diets may have been misguided. Here’s the latest:

Cholesterol does not cause heart disease in the elderly and trying to reduce it with drugs like statins is a waste of time, an international group of experts has claimed.

A review of research involving nearly 70,000 people found there was no link between what has traditionally been considered “bad” cholesterol and the premature deaths of over 60-year-olds from cardiovascular disease.

Published in the BMJ Open journal, the new study found that 92 percent of people with a high cholesterol level lived longer.

“What we found in our detailed systematic review was that older people with high LDL (low-density lipoprotein) levels, the so-called “bad” cholesterol, lived longer and had less heart disease.”

It’s interesting to note that statins single-handedly account for about $30 billion in annual medical costs – money that may not have needed to be spent, and may have actually been counterproductive.

As with all these studies, I don’t think we’ve arrived at the “truth.” But the uncertainties and contradictions in all of these studies suggest that legislating, or even advocating, certain diets may be grossly premature.

I’m looking at you, Michelle Obama and former Mayor Bloomberg.


1. Retired Geezer - June 13, 2016

Good post!

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