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David Evans

Independent Health Researcher

Friday, 11 February 2011

Declining cholesterol rates in people over 65 are associated with a 630% increase in death rates

This study was published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 1996 Jan;44(1):31-6

Study title and authors:
Declining cholesterol and mortality in a sample of older nursing home residents.
Grant MD, Piotrowski ZH, Miles TP.
West Suburban Hospital Family Practice Residency, Oak Park, Illinois 60302, USA.

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The objective of the study was to examine the association between declining cholesterol levels and death rates. The study lasted for two years and included 185 participants aged 65 and older.

The study found:
(a) Cholesterol levels declined 31.1 mg/dL/year among in the dead, whereas cholesterol levels only declined by 4.2 mg/dL/year among survivors.
(b) Compared with those with no change or increase in cholesterol levels, those with declining cholesterol greater than 45 mg/dL/year had a 520% increase in death rates.
(c) Declining cholesterol levels greater than 20% per year was accompanied by a 630% increase in death rates.

The study found that declining cholesterol rates in people over 65 were associated with higher death rates.

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