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

Friday, 9 December 2011

Low cholesterol levels lead to an increased death rate of 47% compared to high cholesterol levels

This study was published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 2003 Jul;51(7):991-6.

Study title and authors:
Low total cholesterol and increased risk of dying: are low levels clinical warning signs in the elderly? Results from the Italian Longitudinal Study on Aging.
Brescianini S, Maggi S, Farchi G, Mariotti S, Di Carlo A, Baldereschi M, Inzitari D; ILSA Group.
Laboratory of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Istituto Superiore di Sanità, Rome, Italy.

This study can be accessed at:

The objective of the study was to analyze the relationship between cholesterol levels and all-cause mortality. The study included 4,521 men and women aged 65-84 with almost 3 years of follow up.

The study found that those with the lowest cholesterol levels had an increased death rate of 47% compared to those with the highest cholesterol levels.