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, 26 June 2012

High cholesterol helps the elderly with high blood pressure to live a longer life

This study was published in the Journal of Hypertension 1990 Aug;8(8):755-61

Study title and authors:
Is a high serum cholesterol level associated with longer survival in elderly hypertensives?
Staessen J, Amery A, Birkenhäger W, Bulpitt C, Clement D, de Leeuw P, Deruyttere M, De Schaepdryver A, Dollery C, Fagard R, et al.
Klinisch Laboratorium Hypertensie, Inwendige Geneeskunde-Cardiologie, U.Z. Gasthuisberg, Leuven, Belgium.

This study can be accessed at:

The study, which lasted over three years, investigated the relationship between cholesterol levels and death rates in 822 elderly patients with high blood pressure.

The study found:
(a) The patients who had the highest cholesterol levels lived the longest.
(b) The patients who had the highest cholesterol levels had the lowest amount of deaths from cancer.

The results of the study show that high cholesterol levels are correlated with longer survival in elderly patients with high blood pressure.

Links to other studies:
Low cholesterol levels are associated with an increase in death rates especially from cancer
Analysis of 519,643 people reveals low cholesterol increases the risk of dying from pancreatic cancer by 27%
Low cholesterol is an independent risk factor for developing gastric cancer