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 September 2011

High cholesterol levels are associated with a 22% DECREASE in stroke incidence

The following study was published in Atherosclerosis 2011 Aug 22.

Study title and authors:
Comparison of risk factors for fatal stroke and ischemic heart disease: A prospective follow up of the health survey for England.
Hamer M, Batty GD, Stamatakis E, Kivimaki M.
Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, University College London, London, UK.

This study can be accessed at:

The study compared risk factors for stroke and ischemic heart disease in 82,380 participants over a ten year period (average age 55.4 years) who had no history of cardiovascular diseases.

The study found:
(a) High total cholesterol levels had no bearing on heart disease rates.
(b) High total cholesterol levels were associated with a 22% decrease in stroke incidence.

To conclude: Another study that shows high cholesterol levels may in fact offer protection from cardiovascular diseases.

Links to books that expand on the subject of cholesterol and cardiovascular diseases:
Cholesterol and saturated fat prevent heart disease
Fat and cholesterol are good for you
The great cholesterol con