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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

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Low cholesterol levels are linked to rheumatoid arthritis

This study was published in Arthritis and Rheumatism 2001 Dec;44(12):2761-7

Study title and authors:
Elevated levels of small, low-density lipoprotein with high affinity for arterial matrix components in patients with rheumatoid arthritis: possible contribution of phospholipase A2 to this atherogenic profile.
Hurt-Camejo E, Paredes S, Masana L, Camejo G, Sartipy P, Rosengren B, Pedreno J, Vallve JC, Benito P, Wiklund O.
Göteborg University, Sweden.

This study can be accessed at:

Hurt-Camejo notes that increased death rates and premature death due to cardiovascular disease are more common in patients with rheumatoid arthritis compared with the general population.

The study investigated the association of cholesterol levels with rheumatoid arthritis. The study included 31 rheumatoid arthritis patients and 28 controls subjects. Average age of the study participants was 53 years.

The study found that rheumatoid arthritis patients (with their higher death rates) had 6.5% lower cholesterol levels than the control subjects.