The raison d'etre of this website is to provide you with hard scientific information which may help you make informed decisions in your quest for health (so far I have blogged concise summaries of over 1,500 scientific studies and have had three books published).

My research is mainly focused on the effects of cholesterol, saturated fat and statin drugs on health. If you know anyone who is worried about their cholesterol levels and heart disease, or has been told to take statin drugs you could send them a link to this website, and to my statin or cholesterol or heart disease books.

David Evans

Independent Health Researcher

Saturday, 10 April 2010

Cholesterol levels have no influence on heart disease

This study was published in Journal of the American Medical Association 1994 Nov 2;272(17):1335-40

Study title and authors:
Lack of association between cholesterol and coronary heart disease mortality and morbidity and all-cause mortality in persons older than 70 years.
Krumholz HM, Seeman TE, Merrill SS, Mendes de Leon CF, Vaccarino V, Silverman DI, Tsukahara R, Ostfeld AM, Berkman LF.
Department of Internal Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT 06520-8017.

The paper can be accessed at:$=relatedarticles&logdbfrom=pubmed

The objective of the study was to determine whether elevated cholesterol levels are associated with total death rates and heart disease in people older than 70.

Over 4 years 997 subjects had their cholesterol levels measured and they were divided into 2 groups:
(i) Low cholesterol group (less than 5.20 mmol/L or 200 mg/dL)
(ii) High cholesterol group ( above or equal to 6.20 mmol/L or 240 mg/dL)

The study found:
(a) Death rates were similar - although the death rates in those who had the higher cholesterol was 1% less compared to those with the lower cholesterol.
(b) Cholesterol levels had no influence on rates of heart disease.

The study finds that high cholesterol values do not cause heart disease in persons over 70 years.