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David Evans

Independent Health Researcher

Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Low cholesterol is associated with increased mortality in 35-74 year olds

Ignore the Awkward.: How the Cholesterol Myths Are Kept Alive
This paper was published in the Journal of clinical epidemiology 1992 Jun;45(6):595-601

Study title and authors:
The low cholesterol-mortality association in a national cohort. Harris T, Feldman JJ, Kleinman JC, Ettinger WH Jr, Makuc DM, Schatzkin AG.
National Center for Health Statistics, Hyattsville, MD 20782.

The paper can be accessed at:

The relationship of low cholesterol and mortality was examined in 10,295 persons aged 35-74.

The study found:
(a) Women whose cholesterol was below 4.1 mmol/l (158 mg/dL) had a 70% increased risk of death in comparison with women whose cholesterol was up to 5.1 mmol/l (197 mg/dL).
(b) Men whose cholesterol was below 4.1 mmol/l (158 mg/dL) had a 40% increased risk of death in comparison with men whose cholesterol was up to 5.1 mmol/l (197 mg/dL).

The results of the study demonstrate that low cholesterol is associated with an earlier death in both men and women.