Study title and authors:
Low serum cholesterol and risk of death from AIDS.
Neaton JD, Wentworth DN.
This study can be accessed at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9189220
The study investigated the relationship of cholesterol levels, measured prior to HIV infection, with risk of death from AIDS. The study included 332,547 men aged between 35-57 who were followed for 16 years.
The study found that men with the lowest cholesterol levels, below 160 mg/dL (4.2 mmol/L), had a three-fold increased risk of death from AIDS compared to men who had cholesterol levels above 240 mg/dL (6.2 mmol/L).
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Men with low cholesterol have a 66% increase in HIV infection compared to men with higher cholesterol
High cholesterol is a marker for longevity