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

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

The "bad" low density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels have NO association with heart disease rates

This study was published in Clinical Cardiology 2011 Sep;34(9):572-6

Study title and authors:
HDL-C Levels and Revascularization Procedures in Coronary Heart Disease Patients Treated With Statins to Target LDL-C Levels.
Elis A, Pereg D, Froom P, Lishner M, Segev D, Hermoni D.
Department of Medicine, Meir Medical Center, Kfar Saba, Israel; Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel.

This study can be accessed at:

This study of 909 male patients investigated the relationship of high density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol levels with revascularization procedures in men whose LDL levels had been reduced to under 100 mg/dL by statin use.

The study found the men who had the lowest HDL cholesterol had 24.2% more revascularization procedures than the men who had the highest HDL cholesterol.

All the men had been receiving statins to lower their LDL cholesterol. The statins had been successful in lowering their LDL-C to under 100mg/dL. This did not make a blind bit of difference to whether they had cardiovascular problems or not.

What did make a difference was the HDL-C levels. The higher the HDL-C, the less cardiovascular problems occurred. Guess what is the best diet to higher your HDL-C levels? A diet high in saturated fat. See here.

This study shows that it is worthless to take statins to lower your LDL cholesterol, as it makes not a jot of difference to cardiovascular problems. However it does show that high HDL cholesterol levels offer protection from cardiovascular diseases, and we have seen that a high saturated fat diet increase HDL cholesterol more than any other type of food.