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, 9 June 2012

Low cholesterol is associated with higher death rates in men

This study was published in the Archives of Internal Medicine 1991 May;151(5):969-72

Study title and authors:
Serum cholesterol and mortality among Japanese-American men. The Honolulu (Hawaii) Heart Program.
Stemmermann GN, Chyou PH, Kagan A, Nomura AM, Yano K.
Japan-Hawaii Cancer Study, Honolulu 96817.

This study can be accessed at:

This 18 year study examined the association of cholesterol levels with death rates. The study included 7,961 men who were aged between 46 to 65 at the start of the study.

The study found that men with cholesterol levels below 4.65 mmol/L (180 mg/dL) had a 9.6% increase in death rates compared to men with cholesterol levels between 6.20-6.69 mmol/L (240-269 mg/dL).

Links to other studies:
Low cholesterol levels lead to an increased death rate of 47% compared to high cholesterol levels
20 year study shows those with the lowest cholesterol levels have a 35% increase in death rates compared to those with the highest cholesterol
Older people with the highest cholesterol live the longest