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

Thursday, 8 April 2010

Low cholesterol and increased mortality and cancer in 40-69 year olds

The study was published in the Journal of Clinical Epidemiology 1994 Sep;47(9):961-9

Study title and authors:
Serum total cholesterol and mortality in a Japanese population.
Iso H, Naito Y, Kitamura A, Sato S, Kiyama M, Takayama Y, Iida M, Shimamoto T, Sankai T, Komachi Y.
Institute of Community Medicine, University of Tsukuba, Ibaraki-ken, Japan.

This paper can be accessed at:

The study examined the relationship between cholesterol levels and cancer deaths and total deaths. Cholesterol levels were taken from 12,187 men and women aged 40-69 years living in Osaka who were then followed for nearly 9 years.

The study found:
(a) Women with the lowest cholesterol had an increased risk of death and cancer deaths.
(b) Men with the lowest cholesterol had a significantly increased risk of death and cancer deaths.

This study found that lower cholesterol levels lead to higher levels of death and cancer death, especially in men.